Recently, the University of California, San Francisco recommended that governments worldwide regulate sugar as an alcohol because it is so toxic to the human body. It contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. You may be thinking, "But we need sugar, right?" Yes, our bodies do need carbohydrates. But only in the form of fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. And not a lot of it. From a hunter-gatherer perspective, fruit was only available a few months of the year. Fruit sugar is metabolized primarily by the liver. So is added table sugar. When we eat things with added sugar we are giving our livers more than it was designed to handle. On the other hand, whole grains are metabolized safely, steadily by the cells throughout our body.
One of my main issues with added sugar is that it causes a rapid spike in blood-sugar, and then a few hours later, a huge drop. This totally confuses and overloads our insulin, which is designed to regulate blood sugar levels. And that is what causes many cases of diabetes. Many people with low blood sugar believe they need to consume high sugar foods like soda and candy to keep their blood sugar high. But that is just the opposite of what they need to do. Soda and candy will causes a rapid spike, and then a few hours later, a huge drop. Eating whole grains and vegetables would be much better because it would give the body the right amount of healthy carbohydrates throughout the day.
Another problem I have with sugar is that yeast thrives on it. We all have Candida (yeast) in our bodies. The good bacteria in our bodies help to keep it in check. But candida thrives on sugar and giving it too much can cause an overgrowth, which leads to all sorts of yeast infections. I’m not just talking about the kind that girls get. Thrush, which babies get on their tongues, is one. There are also diaper rashes caused by candida. People also have yeast infections in their stomach. This comes with symptoms like depression, autistic tendencies, irritability, fatigue, and mood swings. There is also systemic yeast infection, which can include a variety of odd symptoms, such as fever, elevated heart rate, respiratory problems, and shock. Sugar contributes to all of these infections. Antibiotic usage does too.
Lastly, sugar feeds cancer cells. Someone with a history of cancer needs to make sure to completely avoid added sugar. If the cancer is very severe they might even need to avoid grains and fructose (fruit sugar) for some time.
So, you might be thinking, what can I eat? We should eat things that God made, like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and meat. But especially vegetables. And especially organic. I know it can be difficult to follow at times, but we can try our best. :)