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Sugar is a Narcotic

Posted by cavewomanrunner on March 25, 2009

A British nutrition site has a great article on why eating sugar is bad. Hmm, what does the Paleo lifestyle tell us? Ancient humans did not have sugar. Sugar was not part of their diet at all. Their bodies were made to digest meat, vegetables, and fruit from their hunting and gathering. They did not sit around on a couch all day and eat ice cream, donuts and drink soda. They didn’t start their day with a bowl full of sugar (aka cereal).

So why the shock that sugar is an “alien chemical to the human system” that can be addictive and cause massive health problems? This should not be news to anyone.

Yet, sugary “boxes of goodness” line the grocery store aisles and people complain daily about their weight, their diabetes, their lack of energy, etc. Will they cut out the sugar and processed foods from their diet? No, those things “taste good” and real foods do not, in their opinion. They’ll also spend tons of money taking the latest diet fad pills or miracle drinks, not to mention the latest workout gadgets, videos and unused gym memberships, to make them lose weight.

My advice: stop the addiction! Cut out the sugar! Now I’m not saying to cut out sugar completely – in fact, in today’s world that is almost impossible. But cut down. Eat real food that comes from the ground, not from a box.

The intro of the article sums it up nicely. I encourage everyone to read the full article.

The white crystalline substance we know of as sugar is an unnatural substance produced by industrial processes (mostly from sugar cane or sugar beets) by refining it down to pure sucrose, after stripping away all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients.

What is left is a concentrated unnatural substance which the human body is not able to handle, at least not in anywhere near the quantities that is now ingested in today’s accepted lifestyle. Sugar is addictive. The average American now consumes approximately 115 lbs. of sugar per year. This is per man, woman and child.

The biggest reason sugar does more damage than any other poison, drug or narcotic is twofold:

a. It is considered a “food” and ingested in such massive quantities, and
b. The damaging effects begin early, from the day a baby is born and is fed sugar in its formula. Even mothers milk is contaminated with it if the mother eats sugar, and
c. Practically 95% of people are addicted to it to some degree or other.

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