Is Sugar Like Cocaine?

Is Sugar Like Cocaine?

It’s addictive, white, accelerates aging, comes from a plant, impairs mental and neurological function, can destroy your brain, heart and organs, creates systemic inflammation, gives some people a buzz and absolutely destroys bodies. Am I talking about cocaine or sugar?

People get addicted to sugar. They love the taste and the quick energy it releases. However, they can’t see the pervasive damage being done to their blood vessels, brain, heart and other organs.

This may shock you, but I believe sugar and foods similar to sugar (processed flour products) are probably the biggest cause of all illness and disease. It creates so much stress on the body, lowers the immune system, wrecks havoc on the hormonal system and creates systemic inflammation. The harm being caused by sugar on your body is widespread and long-lasting.

Sugar has made its way into almost every food stuff man is processing and refining. Sugar is added to bacon, luncheon meats, mayonnaise, peanut butter, dried fruit, fruit juices, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, prepared foods, cereal, granola, cookies, flavored milk, soft drinks, coffee drinks and hundreds, if not thousands, of other foods. Milk has about 3 teaspoons of sugar per 8 ounce glass.

The purpose of the added sugar is to make you eat more food. It’s all about money. If you keep buying it, food manufacturers will keep selling it. Stop buying it, and they'll begin to make healthier foods.

Your best defense is learning to read food labels and being able to recognize the different names of sugar. When reading the food label, pay special attention to the serving size and the grams of sugar per serving. Try to limit the amount of sugar you consume to 6 grams or less per serving. Look for foods that have 3 or more grams of fiber per serving.

Sugars Many Names

When reading the food ingredient list on the food label, look out for these sugars in disguise:

  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

Flour-Based Products

Most breads, cereals, cookies, crackers and pastries have a high glycemic value. They raise blood sugar rapidly. Not all flour-based products have higher glycemic load values, however. Whole Grains when eaten in their natural form release sugars slowly. Steel cut oats have a lower glycemic load value than rolled oats. Enriched and refined flours have little fiber, allowing starch to turn into blood sugar rapidly. Even whole grain breads can cause a quick release of blood sugar because part of the body's digestive process has already been performed. To my knowledge, the lowest glycemic bread is Ezekiel Bread.

In summary, to reduce your risk of developing a sugar related disease or adverse health conditions, avoid or limit simple carbohydrates by eating more vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains. Use natural sweeteners if you must, but learn to enjoy foods that are less sweet. Break that sugar addiction, kick it to the curb and enjoy life!

Healthy Wishes

Certified Nutritional Consultant

Comment by scottbradley
February 26, 2013
What are your thoughts on spelt bread from Berlin Natural Bakery Wally?
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