SUGAR AND FRUIT - SWEET
î September 2021, LD Wilson
All information in this article is for
educational purposes only. It is
not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health
sugar is probably the single most important food item to avoid, especially for
children. It is harmful for
everyone, addictive and probably the single greatest cause of ill health in
America and the world today.
fruit is no better. Most is loaded
with natural sugars that have many negative effects upon the body. For details, read Fruit-Eating
- Its Benefits And Problems.
ARE SUGARS A PROBLEM FOOD?
fight-or-flight response. Sugars pass easily from the digestive
tract into the blood. There they
quickly release their energy, raising the blood sugar level. The body must respond by secreting more
insulin from the pancreas, and more cortisol from the adrenal glands. This is a classic fight-or-flight
stress response. It is as if every
time you eat sugar in any form, even fruit, the body responds as though
attacked! Eventually, the bodyŐs
stress response mechanism wears out and you are likely to end up exhausted and
body. Sugar has a powerful acidifying effect because most
of it does not contain the alkaline-forming minerals. Also, triggering the stress response is acidifying.
and vitamins. Most sugars are
highly processed. This means most
of the minerals and vitamins found in the food from which the sugar is
extracted have been removed. The
nutrients, however, are required to metabolize the sugar. As a result, the more refined sugar
that is eaten, the more nutritionally deficient a person becomes. Among the most important nutrients lost
are calcium, zinc, chromium, copper, manganese, selenium and B-complex
toxicity. This is a hidden problem with high
fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that is found in thousands of prepared foods. Sometimes mercury is still used in
caustic soda, a chemical used in making fructose.
biosynthesis. Eating sugar has been shown to alter
the most basic levels of cell functioning and can induce defects in cellular RNA. This can lead to many serious health
Aging the body.
All of the above contribute to premature aging.
Addicting you to
stimulants. The rush caused by a higher blood sugar
and higher cortisol output is quite stimulating. This feels good to many people. However, the high is followed by a low. This is the basic setup for an
addiction to sugar, and later to all other addictive substances.
including yeast in the brain. This is a very common and serious condition that
results in brain fog, and fatigue.
It also easily causes addiction to sugar because the alcohol produced by
the brain yeast numbs a personŐs consciousness and helps one avoid dealing with
their anger and pain.
is needed, usually, is a lot of forgiveness and perhaps soul-searching for
insights and understanding of self and others. To read more about yeast, read Yeast
on this website.
NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL STUDY
1979 to 1983, the New York City Public School District, the nationŐs largest
with over 800,000 children, removed all refined sugars and some other food
additives from the school lunch program.
Standardized test scores rose from below national
average to above national average.
No other changes were made in the curriculum or other aspects of
The study was controlled because some children did
not participate in the school lunch program, and their test scores did not
change. In fact, a second study
was conducted in a failed attempt to disprove the original study.
Sadly, and typical of government-run schools, the
school administrators did not continue the dietary improvements after the study
Many smaller studies have shown the same kinds of
improvements in school grades, behavior, freedom from infections and other
behavioral and health criteria. A
host of other studies connect sugar-eating with most of the major illnesses of
IS SUGAR LABELED?
Sugar is labeled in any of at least 50 different ways,
so it can be quite confusing.
Among them are barley malt, beet sugar, brown sugar, butter syrup, cane
juice crystals, cane sugar, caramel, corn syrup, corn syrup solids,
confectionerŐs sugar, carob syrup, castor sugar, date sugar, dextran, dextrose,
diastatic malt, diatase, fructose, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate,
galactose, glucose, glucose solids, golden sugar, golden syrup, grape sugar,
high-fructose corn syrup, honey, icing sugar, invert sugar, lactose,
maltodextrin, maltose, malt syrup, maple syrup, miel, molasses, muscovado
sugar, panocha, piloncillo, raw sugar, refinerŐs syrup, rice syrup, sorghum
syrup, sucrose, sugar, treacle, turbinado sugar, or yellow sugar.
about using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar? The
very best idea is to wean yourself from the sweet habit. Some artificial sweeteners such as
Aspartame, Equal or Nutrasweet, are much worse than plain sugar. It is slowly being phased out for this
reason. Splenda, saccharine and
others may not be quite as bad, but are still toxic chemicals.
The best substitutes are sorbitol, mannitol or
Xylitol. These are sugars that are
not well absorbed, so they may cause less problems. Many people handle them better than the others. We formerly recommended stevia, but
reports indicate it can stop a womanŐs period and contains a little lead, so we
would avoid it.
people are on a sugar rollercoaster all day long. It often begins in the morning with sweetened cold or hot cereal,
a small glass of orange or grapefruit juice, a sweet roll, or sweetened coffee
The sugar high wears off in a few hours, and it is
time for a mid-morning sugary snack such as cookies, raisins, a food bar, or
perhaps a glass of juice, sweetened tea or coffee. This usually lasts until lunch, when it is time for more
sweetened tea, juice, fruit, bread with sweetener, or worse - a fast food milk
shake, ice cream or other sweet foods.
The next low comes in mid-afternoon. Many people then want a sweetened soda
drink, juice, a piece of fruit, a protein or food bar, or more sweetened tea or
coffee. This carries most people
up to happy hour or dinner, at which time most people want something either
alcoholic or sugary once again to remain on the rollercoaster.
THROUGH THE LIFE CYCLE
The sugar rollercoaster ride often starts very
early in life. By the time a child
is in grade school it can be an ingrained habit of eating that is very hard to
break. It leads directly to such
problems as ADD and ADHD in children, reduced school performance and, at times,
difficulty remembering and thinking clearly. It also directly affects the emotions and causes emotional
instability, anxiety, moodiness, irritability and depression, especially in
young girls who tend to have higher copper levels than boys. It also contributes to many infections
and rampant obesity in our children today. It is a likely contributor to our childhood epidemics of
infections, cancers and other health problems of the young.
teenage years. As one approaches adulthood, cravings for sugars
usually increase drastically. This
occurs because the oxidation or metabolic rate slows down and one feels more
tired. Sugar and caffeine provide
a needed boost. Teens really need
to sleep about 10 or more hours every evening. Otherwise they will be tired most of the time, and sugar
cravings can become intense.
gateway drug for many people.
Sugar has also become the main gateway drug in modern-day America and
Europe. It is inexpensive, readily
available, socially acceptable and seems to work well. The feeling of the high followed by a
low becomes familiar. Soon a
personŐs nervous system is quite damaged and the groundwork is laid for the
need for more powerful stimulants, depressants, anti-depressants, ADD
medication and other medical and recreational drugs.
on sugar. Upon reaching adulthood, most people are so
addicted to sugar they take it completely for granted. Their bread contains sugar, jams and
jellies are filled with it, fruit juice, fruit, soda pop, salad dressings,
alcoholic beverages, cakes, cookies, ice cream, all desserts and so much more
keeps the addiction going without one understanding it at all. In fact, it is rare to find anyone
today who is not addicted to sugar by the time he or she graduates from
handle it well for a while, providing one eats plenty of nutritious food such
as many cooked vegetables daily.
Those who do not eat well, and those whose lifestyles are stressful and
unhealthy, are even more prone to Ňthe diseases of civilizationÓ that stem
directly or indirectly from the sugar habit. These include obesity, diabetes, chronic yeast infections,
cancer and heart disease. They
also include mental illness such as depression, anxieties and brain fog.
Avoiding the sugar rollercoaster and sugar
addiction can be done if you start your child off well. Simple ways to do this are:
those to be mothers must eat loads of cooked vegetables (ideally
pressure-cooked), quality meats, eggs and other excellent foods. If possible, follow a nutritional
balancing program before becoming pregnant to provide your baby with the best
breast milk possible.
three years, if at all possible. Do not give babies or children any fruit,
juices or sweets. Also, do not
feed them a lot of grains.
Most all babies and young children are fast oxidizers and require good
quality fats for brain and nervous system development. They include meats, eggs, preferably
raw, full-fat dairy such as milk, cheese, butter, and plain yogurt or
kefir. Others that are good are
toasted almond butter, and some olive oil. If
young children do not get these foods, many of them will crave starches and sweets.
children anything sweet or sweetened.
This means no fruit, and no fruit juice, even if diluted.
children with sweets of any kind, even fruit. Using sweets as a reward teaches them that to feel or be
good means to eat sugars.
childrenŐs friends, parties and schools that they do not entice your child with
sweets. Even well-meaning
grandparents and friends can easily slip sugar to children in an effort to
befriend them or to unkowingly destroy their health. Politely share this article and tell them all that if you
hear about any violations of your policy, you will never, ever let your child
be around them again – even grandparents. This takes some firmness. It is not, however, mean or harsh, but just good common sense.
OFF THE SUGAR ROLLERCOASTER
For those who are hooked on sugar and other sweets,
quitting may take some work and time.
Helpful hints include:
If needed, start out with four to six
small meals every day. These are small meals with vegetables,
meat, and up to 10 blue corn tortilla chips, not just snacks. In fact, snacking all day is not a good
Make your diet as sweetener-free as
possible. Eat mainly lightly cooked vegetables,
chicken, turkey, lamb and eggs.
You may have a little preferably raw, certified dairy, or organic
cheese, milk and yogurt, some almond butter and perhaps a little natural beef
if you wish. At first, most people
who love sugars should probably avoid most grains. As you become healthier, you can have a little brown rice,
basmati white rice, quinoa, millet,
oats, or rye.
Avoid wheat, baked goods and
buckwheat. Wheat is not a healthful food today due
to hybridization. Most baked goods
contain wheat and sweeteners, so avoid these as well. Also avoid buckwheat, which is slightly toxic.
Keep meals simple. Avoid
three or four-course meals that just tax your digestive system.
Watch out for dried bean dishes as
these are starchy and, in restaurants and when bought in cans, sugar is often
added to them. At home, however, split peas, lentils
and other dried beans may be eaten twice or three times weekly.
DonŐt keep sweets and sugars in your
home. Make yourself go out if you
must have ice cream, a candy bar, fruit smoothies or other sweet treats.
Avoid most processed and packaged
foods. This single change in your diet will remove a lot of hidden
sugars from your diet.
Substitute healthier foods. If
you must snack, have some soft-cooked eggs, cheese or almond butter or vegetables
or chicken. Blue corn chips are
another excellent snack that is convenient and tasty as well.
Rest more. Rest
when tired, instead of eating something.
Even a 10-minue nap can help restore your energy in most cases. Go to bed by 9 PM every night!!!
Do not sweeten beverages and watch
out for all alcoholic beverages. Most are sweet. Less is best.
Beware that health food stores may be
no better or even worse than supermarkets. Health stores sell
plenty of junky, sugary cookies, sweetened teas and sodas, for example.
Eat out less. When eating out, ask that the bread not be served or be taken
away. Also, skip desserts and do
not order lemonade, sweetened tea, soda pop or other sweet foods or
drinks. Ethnic Chinese, Thai or
East Indian restaurants are often the best restaurants in order to avoid
sugar habit is spreading to every corner of the planet, and its damage is
incalculable. We hope that many
people can begin to understand its importance so the problem of refined sugar
in the food supply can be addressed adequately.
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