Sugar and your Health.
Is sugar affecting your health? Sugar has become a major part of our lives; it is in just about everything that is pre-prepared. Don’t believe me? Sure I get that, so let’s start with the fact the food industry has come up with 56 different names (and counting) for sugar. Check out the list here on Women’s Health “56 Different Names for Sugar”
I won’t list them all here, but here are a few: Anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, and the list goes on and on. Some sound innocent, such as Agave Nectar. Agave is plant so that should be healthy, right?
Sugar is found in limited quantities in nature, including fruits and some vegetables. Most sugar comes seasonally, right before winter (fruits).
So what does sugar do to your body?
Sugar releases a hormonal signal to your body that a need for the storage of fat must occur in order to survive winter, as food and water will not be so readily available. This aspect was so important to our primitive survival that our bodies created a whole process for ensuring it happens. If not, why would our bodies develop a chemical reaction to sugar? Chemical reaction to sugar? Oh yeah, check out this quote.
On the other hand, if you find brain chemicals convincing, the following is food for thought:
– Neuroscientists have shown, using fMRI to scan the brain‘s activity in real-time, that sugar leads to dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens – an area associated with motivation, novelty, and reward. This is the same brain region implicated in response to cocaine and heroin.
From Psychology Today
Dopamine is the “feel good’ chemical that makes us want more of what is good… hugs, being in love, winning a race, competition, etc. This release makes us want more sugar, a lot like an addiction would. When sugars are limited this system works, but when sugars are in everything we eat (check the food labels, sugar is usually high on the ingredients. Especially cereals, and other processed foods.) Sugar is not an inherently bad thing, it has it’s purpose, but refined sugar is now everywhere, drinks, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, canned fruit, frozen dinners, bread, and the list goes on.
Is Sugar is Affecting Your Health?
Effects of Sugar on the Pancreas
According to to Rueters.com
In contrast, there was a relationship between increased pancreatic cancer risk and higher intakes of sugar, candy, honey and jam. This suggests that sugary, processed carbohydrates — rather than carbs like fiber-rich grains, fruits and vegetables — may be particularly linked to pancreatic cancer, the researchers report in the Annals of Epidemiology.
Increase in sugars and body weight
Voxeu.org published an article on the the increase in Body Mass Index (BMI). There are two major spikes, one in 1910 and the other one in the 1980’s. These corresponded to increases in sugar in diets in the USA. You have to look carefully for the not so obvious evidence. (one hundred years of US obesity)
These were measured at military locations where 18 year old men where entering the military.
In the 1910s food began to be prepared with more sugar, an increase in sugar listed in recipes and on canned goods etc began to emerge, as shown on Food Time Line. org
The next spike shown on Voxeu.org’s time line is in the 1980’s. This appears to correlate to when we labeled fats as the bad food and sugar use increased to make food continue to taste good. Interestingly both major spikes in the BMI appear when sugar consumption was increased.
While this article does not cover all of the research on sugar. This research along with other sources indicate sugar plays a large role in the declining health of the world, based on research refined sugar is detrimental to your health and while this article did not get to a lot of specifics on each effect on the human body, there is also empirical evidence that the rise of sugar consumption has lead to increasing obesity.But don’t take our word for it, do your own research…. But the short answer to is sugar affecting your health is yes.
Why we do what we do
We believe that the world is being slowly poisoned by food misinformation. The world can be healthy again by getting the truth about food to the world. We believe that growing your own crops is a great way to insure you get healthier and start to make a positive change in your life. You can make healthier choices even when you are shopping for groceries by understanding how the food industry works.