Friday, February 5, 2010

Sugar, the Evil Food

I had always thought that sugar in low doses, was not too bad for you. Well, I found out just how wrong I was.

Sugar is bad! Period!

In 1980 it was said that "every can of Coke has 9 teaspoons of sugar." Now, twenty years later, every can of coke has 13 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar is also in most of our prepackaged foods, which makes up the bulk of the Standard North American diet.

Did you know that the average American consumes 53 teaspoons of sugar per day? That equals a 5lb bag of sugar every ten days. Sugar is in our pasta sauces, tomato sauces, ketchup, lunch meats, canned soups, condiments and even table salt. White foods, such as white bread, white rice and pasta may not list sugar in their ingredients, but as soon as it hits the digestive tract it turns into sugar within minutes and even thought the government recommends "whole grains", whole wheat bread typically has "whole wheat" added to white flour, which in its simplest form is sugar.

Sugar is addictive and cheap, so guess what manufacturers add to every box of prepackaged food it puts into our grocery stores? That's right sugar.

Don't be fooled, even though natural and organic brands (Organic sugar, honey, maple syrup and cane juice) may be somewhat better, it still has the same negative effect on your body as white sugar.

10 reasons to avoid sugar and refined grains:

  1. Sugar is the primary dietary cause of the obesity epidemic.
  2. Sugar causes hormonal and metabolic imbalance.

  3. Sugar is your fast track to diabetes.

  4. Sugar increases the acidity of the body. (All diseases thrive in acidic environments).

  5. Sugar is the primary reason for high cholesterol.

  6. Sugar causes inflammation.

  7. Sugar leads to heart disease.

  8. Sugar is an anti-nutrient.

  9. Sugar is a known toxin.

  10. Sugar promotes cancer.

Scary to say the least. Now, please do not go out and get Equal, Splenda or Sweet and Low, they are far worse for you than sugar.


  1. I don't like to think of any food as "bad" or "evil" but we've really gone overboard with sugar.

  2. I'm waiting, Gina! How did it go? And are you fully recovered from your pneumonia yet? I think about you and your B.L. adventure frequently. I need some fresh motivation!