Why Sugar is a Poison to our Bodies
It has long been thought that saturated fat and lack of exercise are what has caused the obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic that we see in Westernised countries today but science is now unveiling the truth and part of that truth is that sugar is a poison.
Our bodies can handle a certain amount of sugar but go beyond that level and a vicious cycle of “sugar highs” and blood glucose crashes occurs.
It’s a little more complicated as there are different types of sugar and they are used in different ways by the body but the amazing fact is that our bodies DON’T EVEN NEED CARBOHYDRATES, AT ALL!
We can create any glucose that might be needed by the body using a process called Gluconeogenesis.
Our muscles can take up a certain amount of ingested sugar in the form of glycogen but if you consume too much sugar your muscle cells will effectively “close the door” and any excess gets shunted to your adipose tissues – that’s FAT! The body will keep on creating more and more fat cells to store the excess and the bad news is that fat cells never die so whilst you can reduce the fat that is stored in them by changing your lifestyle the actual cells will remain with you forever.
Also part of the process of storing the excess sugar as fat involves glucose attaching itself to protein in your blood and this produces something called Advanced Glycation End-Products or AGEs. These AGEs cause a host of health problems including many that we believe are just part of the ageing process such as Alzheimers, cardiovascular disease and strokes. AGEs are also created when meat is over-cooked such as flame-grilling or on a BBQ that is too hot.
So if you can wean yourself off the sweet stuff then you will be doing yourself a really big favour and it’s possible by slowly reducing the amount of sugar you have in your diet a bit at a time. Go “cold turkey” and you’re likely to have withdrawal symptoms!
If you would like to learn more about how sugar affects your health and what to do about it then I recommend these books:
- Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar
- Pure, White And Deadly: How sugar is killing us and what we can do to stop it
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable