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As we roll into another holiday feasting tradition, we are faced with the desert table, a mass of all our many favorites. Already, most of us are salivating at the thought. Cakes, pies, cobblers and more, to satisfy our cravings and delight our imagining. The culprit is sugar.
“Sugar contributes empty carbohydrate calories, which Americans certainly don’t need,” says Walter Willett, M.D., chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “We are ingesting too many calories in general.”
Excessive weight gain can lead to obesity, which is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease because it adversely affects cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as blood pressure and blood glucose levels, according to the American Heart Association.
“Our high intake of sugars and refined starches increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, even after accounting for their effects on weight,” Willett says.
It’s also important to consider what you could be eating instead of high-sugar foods. And, the reason for the caution of too much sugar in the diet is the many ways sugar affects the body in negative ways. First and foremost, too much sugar inhibits the immune system, and in so doing, it reduces the body’s ability to fight invaders and to heal itself. This inability to heal is a barrier nothing else can fix, or cross, or make a significant difference for, and certainly not exercise, (more on that later).
If that is not enough, here are some other reasons to make intelligent dietary choices when it comes to you sugar intake, especially in this season of plenty of sweets such with easy access.
Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children. Sugar can produce significant rise in triglycerides. Sugar reduces defense against infectious diseases. Sugar causes loss of tissue elasticity and function. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency. Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose. Sugar causes copper deficiency. Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Sugar weakens the eyesight. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia. Sugar produces an acidic digestive tract. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and nor epinephrine, and the cravings will never end.
Now, don’t go running down the sugar isle looking for the newest of the artificial sweeteners, because they are only worse. But, consider the many natural sweeteners you may choose for cooking, baking and at the table. My first choice is stevia, a natural plant leaf, calorie free sweetener for baking, and for drinks such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and lemonade. Others to consider are brown rice syrup, date sugar, fruit juice concentrate, honey, maple syrup, molasses, or naturally (lightly) milled sugar such as turbinado, which is un-bleached.
Added sugars have virtually no nutritional value. There is no substitute for a whole foods plant based diet, rich in vitamins and nutrients, which are, after all, the building blocks of health. Health of the body, and the mind and of a long life. Sugar is sweet, but nothing is better than really good health. Remember, Health is a Choice!, so choose healthily for this Christmas and for a wonderful Happy New Year. Blessings To All.
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