Are you one of those people who adores sugar treats and just can’t get enough of them? Is your body giving you any warning signals?
The average person eats over ten pounds of sugar each and every month—nearly 4.5 cups per week, or 30-33 teaspoonfuls every day. That’s over twenty percent of our daily caloric intake spent on a refined food that upsets body chemistry and has literally no nutritional value. Refined sugar is 99.4% to 99.7% pure calories—it contains no vitamins, minerals, or proteins, just simple carbohydrates.
Or maybe you aren’t too fond of sugary foods and never have been. You might be spending your days patting yourself on the back for thinking you don’t eat that much sugar, but I guarantee you eat more than you imagine, and in foods you never considered. Sugar can be found in breads and crackers, marinades, condiments, tomato sauces, and salad dressings. Among other foods of course. Foods like what, you might ask. “Well, low-fat” or “non-fat” food are often starchy and bland in taste, so sugar is added to them as a masking agent to make them easier to eat. And if you look at ingredients labels, you’re likely to find things like high fructose corn syrup, sorbitol, and maltodextrin. High fructose corn syrup is well-known these days and easy to spot and avoid, but did you know that sorbitol and maltodextrin are also sugars that you don’t really want to consume?
This is why the food industry began to use these more scientific terms—because most people have no idea what they are and are more likely to just eat them. It’s become a bit different in recent years, for those with the time to look, because smartphones can connect people to the Internet and to definitions for unfamiliar ingredients. But still, in the majority of cases people don’t do more than make a cursory scan of the ingredients for anything obviously sugar before they put it in their cart and go on. If you’re one of those people, I guarantee you’re eating more sugar than you imagined or wanted to, and that it’s affecting you more than you know.
How You Feel (About Sugar) is Up To You!
In my experience, this is an example of what I call the Degenerative Disease Process. Most of your ailments are caused by the substances you put into your body, and a major part of the problem is not knowing what you put in your body.
In the case of sugar there are, of course, “bad” and “good” sugars. Instead of going into a long list of which are good and which are bad, it’s simply important to keep in mind that too much of anything—even good things—is bad. Any excess in sugar, particularly processed sugar, that you eat leads to a measurable disturbance of the mineral relationships in your body and organ systems. But in general, you’re better off eating a lot of sugars that are naturally present in foods rather than a lot of sugars that have been processed and added artificially. So apples are better than candy bars, and oranges are better than sugar cubes.
My advice is that if you are going to eat sugar—and it’s hard not to—you need to also consider taking a supplement that will help with these disturbances in your mineral content. The mineral imbalance probably makes your digestive enzymes incapable of digesting your foods properly, and when that happens you develop allergies.
Ultimately, how you feel when it comes to sugar is really up to you. A doctor can prescribe medications, which generally have unpleasant side effects, but you can avoid the need for those medications by being attentive to your diet and minimizing the processed sugar you consume. Some you just aren’t going to be able to avoid, but by avoiding what you can, you improve your health exponentially.
Dr. Scott Cabazolo
112 East 6th Street
Front Royal, VA 22630