According to a recent USDA study, the average American consumes the equivalent of 53 heaping teaspoons of white refined sugar every day. A typical 12 ounce cola contains the equivalent of 9 heaping teaspoons of sugar. While we often hear about doing things in moderation, this certainly doesn’t apply to eating sugar!
Here are the top ten reasons to avoid refined (white) sugar in your diet:
- Sugar causes tooth decay because it decreases the effectiveness of a particular type of white blood cell that “eats” bacteria.
- Sugar causes the body to release more adrenaline, which may explain hyperactivity in young children.
- Calcium loss in urine occurs when a person consumes a soft drink containing sugar.
- Ingesting sugar makes the pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Diabetes results when the overworked pancreas can no longer eliminate sugar from the bloodstream.
- White sugar is bleached with chlorine, which can convert to dioxin, a lethal compound.
- Sugar can hinder weight loss because high insulin levels (see #4) cause the body to store excess carbohydrates as fat.
- Sugar increases the likelihood of chronic fatigue.
- Sugar increases mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
- Sugar compromises the immune system, lowering efficiency of white blood cells for at least five hours.
- Eating sugar can decrease helpful high-density cholesterol (HDL) and increase bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Dr. Stuckey suggests an herb called stevia as a safer alternative. It is available in several forms, has no calories, is sweeter than sugar, and does not raise blood sugar levels.