When it comes to safety in terms of the things we surround ourselves with, we usually do not talk about sugar in the same sentence. This is because our general understanding of environmental toxins includes things that are popularly spoken of such as lead paint, dangerous non-stick chemicals and plastics.
Well, now we should all put sugar on the list of toxins to avoid ingesting. A number of studies show that sugar is up to eight times more addictive then some narcotic drugs, such as cocaine. In the U.S. alone, the average consumption of sugar each year is over 150 pounds per person. This is due in part to the processed foods that are consumed daily by the masses, as well as the vast array of sugary treats, candies and other indulgences that are ever-popular nationwide.
What Classifies Sugar As a Toxin?
It is classed as such due to the large amounts that are consumed on average each day. The average amount equates to roughly half a pound of sugar per day; if that isn’t a dangerous and scary statistic, then I don’t know what is.
The other scary thing is that most of this sugar comes from sodas and high fructose corn syrup that sneaks its way into just about everything we eat. These doses of sugar are actually classed as pharmacological grade doses. Toxins are known to have serious effects on the makeup of genes and DNA in humans, and that is precisely what sugar can do. Large sugar intake can wreak havoc on the hormones and the central nervous system, as well as stressing out the liver and other vital organs.
Are Sugar Alternatives Better For You?
You may have seen things like stevia, Sweet and Low and other faux sugars, claiming to be much safer for the body than the real thing; while this may be true in some departments, anything that is man-made, especially sugar, cannot possibly be all that healthy of an alternative for you.
In fact, things like aspartame and other sugar alternatives are actually proven to make you gain weight, severely slow the metabolism and have addictive properties.
Where Are Sugars Hiding?
Believe it or not, there are over 50 different names for sugar that lurk in your foods, even the ones deemed “healthy” for you. Manufacturers sneak sugar into just about everything, as they are cleverly disguised within ingredients that the average consumer cannot readily identify as sugar. So, a good rule of thumb is to look out for anything ending in “ose” on an ingredient label.
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