This topic is of particular interest to me as I admit I’ve got a very sweet tooth and I seem to struggle to kick the habit. I grew up with a free access to sweets, biscuits,cakes and chocolates.
These foods were eaten not only as desserts after a main meal but as snacks in between the meals, too. They were given as rewards and as pacifiers. And this is what I see happening today as well – so many mums are giving sweets to their children as soon as they come out of school.
Studies show that sugar is just as habit-forming as any narcotic and its use, misuse, and abuse is our nation’s number one disaster.
I’ve read a number of articles and watched several videos confirming the above and I would like to share some of them with you in this blog post.
“Sugar – its effects on the body and mind“
Just think about this statement from the above article:
“Refined sugar contains no fibre, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories. What happens when you eat a refined carbohydrate like sugar? Your body must borrow vital nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food. Calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are taken from various parts of the body to make use of the sugar. Many times, so much calcium is used to neutralize the effects of sugar that the bones become osteoporotic due to the withdrawn calcium.”
By consuming sugar we not only don’t give any nourishment whatsoever to our body but actually we deplete body’s own stores of vitamins, minerals and enzymes in order to digest the sugar!
In the following video lecture by the well known and respected Dr R Lustig you will find even more reasons why high amounts of sugar are devastating for our health.
Dr R Lustig “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”...
Dr Lustig has done a lot of research into the topic of sugar and it’s effects on our bodies.
And if you really want to dive deep into the obesity epidemic reasons then watch this recording of a lecture by Zoe Harcombe:
Zoe Harcombe – “The Obesity Epidemic“