Sugar is toxic. I discovered ten reasons not to include sugar in our diets. This is a nearly, if not completely, impossible goal of food intake. But learning what sugar does to us may help us understand the risks we are taking when sugar becomes addictive, and we seem to be aiding and abetting our children with this addiction.
Without going into great detail, the list of the toxic effects of sugar includes: raising cholesterol, raising risk of heart disease, causing depression, increasing fat storage around your liver, restricting blood vessels, zapping energy, causing you to overeat and ladies, beware, causing wrinkles! (Activebeat, Internet)
The sweet season is in full swing now. With Thanksgiving came the plethora of pies…coconut and banana cream with meringue three inches high, pumpkin, cherry, and my newest Thanksgiving endeavor of a chocolate pecan pie. Not to mention all the other sugar hiding in the Thanksgiving meal, such as cranberry sauce, various jello salads and breads.
It is almost impossible to cook without using sugar. For some reason, Stevia, which is a natural plant derivative and twice as sweet as sugar, is considered artificial and safe for diabetes. I use it often. Other artificial sweeteners, like Splenda, I try to avoid.
Next in the sweet season is Christmas. I remember as a child that a box of chocolate covered cherries was always under the tree. What did we all receive from the teacher at school? Candy canes and other sweets. A girlfriend, who made candy turtles, peanut butter balls and other candy treats as Christmas gifts, passed away not long ago. There are many who miss her and her home-made candies. But I miss her more than the candy.
Our Christmas meal & desserts will be heavily laden with sugar. Sugar may have more detrimental effects on our health than earlier noted. What do you put in yeast to help it grow when you are baking bread? Sugar. I think sugar exacerbates the growth of bacteria in our guts and bodies, like it does the yeast. Think Crohn’s disease and arthritis.
The Eskimos had no sweet season and no rotten teeth until being introduced to sugar laden foods.(BMJ Journals, Internet) As we embark on the Christmas season, think of ways to lighten the sugar burden and still stay in good graces with your family. Not an easy assignment! We won’t even talk about what has happened to Easter Eggs.
Have a sweet, not sugary, Christmas!
© Ann Rains, December 2018
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