Sugar is my only true vice. I never smoked, I’m not a drinker, I might run too much but really sugar is my vice. I always knew that in terms of my waistline sugar was a problem, but I didn’t realize all the other ways in which processed sugars are effecting my health until reading Jackie Warner’s book (book review post coming!).
Once you start looking for information on what processed sugar does to the body, the results are astounding and overwhelming.
SUGAR AND CANCER
Seriously, I said cancer! Did you know they are able to link sugar to cancer? Not only does excess sugar depress your immune system, but it creates insulin…insulin feeds all the cells in your body including those of cancer causing them to grow larger at a more rapid pace.
SUGAR AND AGING
Sugar damages collagen and thus creates wrinkles! Because of the decrease in collagen your skin looks less “supple” and leaves your skin more vulnerable to sun damage. You can see everyday examples of this on the faces of people with uncontrolled diabetes.
Sugar damages your liver
Sugar is bad for your heart
Sugar makes arthritis worse
Sugar causes cavities
Sugar causes diabetes
Sugar causes obesity
PROCESSED SUGAR IS A ADDICTIVE LIKE A DRUG
Heroin and sugar are arrived at by very similar processes of refinement. In producing heroin, the opium is first extracted from the poppy: The opium is then refined into morphine. The chemists then went to work on morphine and further refined it into heroin, proclaiming they had "discovered" a wonderful new pain-killer that was non-addictive. So they said.
Similarly, sugar is first pressed as a juice from the cane (or beet) and refined into molasses. Then it is refined into brown sugar, and finally into strange white crystals C12H22O, that are an alien chemical to the human system.
RUNNERS TAKE HEED
The “but I’m a runner and burn off the calories” logic is what has long allowed me to continue eating a daily cookie or piece of chocolate…but here’s the thing this isn’t about calories, it’s about the effect of sugar on your body. It can cause osteoporosis and really aggravate arthritis. Does that sound conducive to a long running life?
Did you know about all of these effects? Do you monitor your sugar intake?
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