The most consequential health question that people don’t consider or even ask? Is Sugar Toxic?
There is a silent killer in our community. This killer does not discriminate. Without knowing it. We have been taught to embrace this killer and in some cases love it. It’s strange to be blissfully unaware and then suddenly thrust into knowledge. Especially if that knowledge challenges commonly held beliefs or traditions. In this case, I’m talking about Sugar.
Sugar: lactose, glucose, fructose, and sucrose are all carbohydrates and they all taste sweet. Sugar is a source of fuel that the body needs, but all sugars don’t act the same once digested. Sugar’s consequential impact on our lives is the reason I decided to write this post. We need to deal with the truth and make informed decisions. At a very early age, we acclimate to the taste of sugar.
We worry very little about its effects. Sugar is injected into our lives from the breakfast table to the county fair. When we use a vending machine most times it’s filled with unhealthy, so-called “treats”. We are so acclimated that we rarely question the amounts or the adverse effects until we start to feel ill. The most frightening thing about Sugar, besides its abundance,
In the words of Rick James “Cocaine is a hell of a Drug”. So if that’s true. What is Sugar really and why is too much sugar is bad for us? Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying. Cocaine’s adverse effects and Sugar’s adverse effects are two different things entirely. The only real similarity is that they are both potentially killers. Today our focus is on Sugar and your health. As I said before. All sugars are not the same and there is one that should concern us the More than the others. HFCS High-Fructose Corn Syrup? High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener derived from corn syrup, which is processed from corn starch.
Starch itself is a chain of glucose sugar molecules joined together. If you remember nothing else, remember this. There are differences between how we metabolize fructose and other simple sugars. You will hear proponents of HFCS tell you that there is no difference. Usually, these people work in and around the sugar refinement business or they have a monetary interest in the promotion of sugar reliant products.
The first thing you need to know is that fructose is cheap comparatively speaking and it’s found in everything from condiments like Ketchup to foods and beverages, including salad dressing, processed baked goods, Sports, Drinks, Yogurt, Soda, Juices and more. The addictive nature of sugar compounded with excess intake can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance leads to pre-diabetes and more often than not type 2 diabetes. This happens when the pancreas can’t produce insulin or can’t produce enough insulin. This silent killer is also a contributor and is often the cause of Fatty Liver Disease,
High blood pressure and Heart disease and a host of other symptomatic responses. Insulin resistance and its risk factors are closely tied to one another, especially Obesity and frequent infections. Fructose because of its prevalence alone is a danger to our community. In excess, HFCS sugar is toxic to the liver, like alcohol. In fact, the fructose matrix is different from other sugars because it is processed by the liver. On almost every corner store in the inner cities of America. You will find that most of the edible products have fructose content.
Most of these “convenience stores” are in poor areas and cater to poor people. The rise of insulin resistance in our communities directly corresponds to these food deserts. Food deserts are Places where food is seemingly abundant, fast and sugary but the majority of it has little or no nutritional value. Your body’s primary defense against sugar saturation are it’s beta cells. When a rush of sugar permeates your body The beta cells send signals to increase the insulin production in your body.
The Beta cells act as a traffic cop and direct the insulin to flush out the sugar. It goes to your liver in the case of (fructose) or to your pancreas in the case of (glucose). There are more people suffering from insulin resistance than there are car accidents in America every year. More than Breast Cancer and HIV combined. More and more of these people are children or young adults whose insulin resistance is either induced or they have a genetic predisposition. Contributing factors like lack of exercise, genetic family history, and overall diet accelerate the effects of insulin resistance and turn into full-blown diabetes.
Case in point, if a child begins the day with sugary cereal or some other breakfast confection instead of protein. That child will start the day, seemingly full of energy, but without protein, they will have a sugar crash. They will then lack the ability to concentrate. When they eat lunch if sugar is an option a child will usually take it. Now add the sugar content of condiments, desserts, candy, soda, etc., and you have a recipe for bad grades and disruptive behavior.
A child that is already genetically predisposed to insulin resistance could be in grave danger. That child will most likely develop diabetic symptoms. The same thing applies to adults. We should all keep in mind that excessive carb intake like Bread and Pasta can spike your sugar levels as well. Bread is high in carbs about 12-13grams per slice. Our body breaks down carbs into glucose, leading to an increase in blood sugar.
If you are drinking Soda you may want to stop. Carbonated soda is one of the worst substances a person can put into their body. There are 39 grams of sugar in a 12 Oz Cola. 39! Adults should have no more than 30grams of sugar a day in their diet. A child should have no more than 12 grams a day. In our community, there is consistent evidence showing that on average the actual sugar consumption is twice as high as the recommended limit. Because of the compounded sugar intake the African American, 12.7% and Native American 15.1%, in particular, are suffering in the extreme from diabetes and related illnesses. That is far More than any other group of Americans.
These are CONSEQUENTIAL ILLNESSES like Cardiovascular disease, Fatty Liver, High Blood Pressure. There are studies that prove emotional issues like depression and anxiety can worsen with excess sugar intake. We have it in our power to do better people. I’m not a doctor, but I do work in the healthcare industry. On a daily basis, I have seen the effects of this silent killer and I talk to people that did not have a clear understanding of excessive sugar consumption until it was too late. In my opinion Sugar toxicity is the largest obstacle on our path to good health and is the reason for a disproportionate number of people suffering unnecessarily in the African American community and America at large.
ANOTHER GREAT REFERENCE: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/brainwaves/is-sugar-really-toxic-sifting-through-the-evidence/