I was in the supermarket the other day with my 4 children and as we were strolling down the cereal isle, one of my oldest grabbed a box of a very well known cereal and ran over asking if I would buy it. Looking over the nutrition facts, I was absolutely shocked to see how much sugar was in this stuff! There was even a nicely place picture of an Apple on the front of the box, so it had to be healthy, right? Get this, 42.9% was pure sugar (percent based on sugar by weight)! A recent episode of 60 Minutes titled “Is Sugar Toxic” had folks buzzing over Twitter and whispering at the water cooler, but is sugar really the enemy or is this yet another nutrient that’s being needlessly discriminated against? Lets take a closer look!
Data reveals that Americans are consuming over 150 pounds of sugar per person each year—that’s one-third of a pound each day! Did you know that studies are also showing that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and yes you are reading that correctly. Also, studies show that top sources of sugar include sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks as well as those popular energy drinks.
The American Heart Association’s current guidelines for added sugar are up to 100 calories (6 teaspoons) per day for women and 150 calories (9 teaspoons) for men. Based on the statistical data, we obviously consume way more sugar than we need.
Most of us have seen white granulated sugar all of our lives, but what makes it bad for us? Made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, sugar (or sucrose) is a carbohydrate. Sucrose is made up of two simpler sugars, fructose and glucose.
Sucrose is also naturally in plants, including fruit. Most fruits are not on the Body Ecology program, since they are too sweet and feed the systemic fungal infection, candida. Very sour fruits like lemons, limes, black currant juice and sour grapefruit are usually fine for most people.
There IS a difference between naturally occurring sucrose in plants and the sucrose found in granulated sugar or the high fructose corn syrup often used to sweeten processed foods.
Both granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup go through a refining process…they are called “empty calories” because they offer no nutritional value. In addition, they are addictive and rob your body of energy and health.