Sugar, Sugar, Sugar!
Did you know that sugar in the blood stream stimulates the same pleasure centers of your brain that highly addictive drugs such as heroin and cocaine stimulate. It doesn’t take much to see why we in North America have a growing problem when it comes to sugar.
Originally sugar was considered a luxury spice and it was reserved for use as a medicine or for the very rich in very small amounts, then change happened, in the mid 17th century sugar began to change from a luxury to a dietary staple. This lead to the average Englishman consuming 4 pounds a year in 1700, 18 pounds per year in 1800 and an astonishing 100 pounds per year in 1900. Today the average American consumes 22.7 tsp per day or 363 calories of sugar everyday! That is over 3 times the recommended daily dose for women (6 tsp, 100 cal), and more than double the recommended daily dose for men (9 tsp, 150 cal).
So why is this a problem? Sugar in the North American diet comes in two main forms;
1. Natural Sugar made from sugar cane or beets and is composed of 50% glucose and 50% fructose
2. High- Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), made from corn and most often used in processed foods, composed of 45% glucose and 55% Fructose
We have all heard doctors and nutritionists say for years, decrease your cholestorol by decreasing your saturated fats, well…. Unfortunately in order to make prepared foods that are low in fat taste good, often companies substitute in sugar or HFCS which as we learned above are high in fructose. Our bodies are adapted to get by on very little fructose, and thus even in small amounts is converted to fat in our bodies, which has many people believing this may been the main reason obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are so high in our society.
Yours in Wellness,
Want more information?
Read the article in the August 2013 publication of National Geographic or check out these photos; http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/sugar/clark-photography