Sugar is something most people like. It is consumed by most humans, in most parts of the world.
Sugar is produced in 121 Countries and global production exceeds 120 Million tons a year. Approximately 70% is produced from sugar cane, a very tall grass with big stems which is largely grown in the tropical countries. The remaining 30% is produced from sugar beet, a root crop resembling a large parsnip grown mostly in the temperate zones of the north.
In India I learned how sugar cane is processed into refined sugar and how that process changes the sugar molecular structure.
After sugar is extracted from sugar cane it then goes through a process of heating, melting and evaporation. Sugar is refined by pouring the sugar syrup over char filters; the impurities in the sugar that make it have color stick to the char filter and what comes out on the other side is the clear sugar syrup that turns into white refined sugar.
White refined sugar is an industrially processed chemical not found in nature.
Why should I eat less refined processed sugar?
There is a difference of physical appearance between people who eat refined processed sugar and people who don't...
The Garden Diet :) (Some might think The Garden Diet is a competition company to The Earth Diet - but I say we are all after the same health mission here and am very happy to promote the Talifero family! ;))
Sugar could be one of the most addictive substances, and is added to nearly 90% of processed and packaged food items. Sugar is in our soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and in almost all processed foods from tomato sauce, vegemite, bread, cheese and toothpaste. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking formula.
It is obviously something we like, need and want for the make up of the human body.
I read this conversation on Saint Loius Sucre...
Why do I like sugar so much?
Our sense of taste comprises four basic components known as ‘fundamental tastes’: sweet, salty, bitter and acid. From the earliest age, babies demonstrate a particular predilection for sweet milk, with which they associate the notion of pleasure. This predilection, which varies from person to person and depending on a subject’s social and cultural background, is reinforced by sugar’s sweetening effect, which imparts a sweet taste to many foods, thus heightening their taste. Indeed, for a long time, sugar was considered as a spice.
What is sugar from a nutritional point of view?
Sugar, also known as sucrose, is a member of the glucides family. Together with lipids and amino-acids, it constitutes one of the three groups of nutrients that are vital to the human body. Glucides supply the energy required for the operation of the body. Simple glucides (glucose, fructose, lactose) contained in fruits have a characteristically sweet taste, unlike complex glucides (e.g. starch).
'Read these SIMPLE dot points about sugar, and what it does to YOU. Even if you only remember one of them, you may think twice next time you eat processed packaged food.. Remember knowledge is power.. Ignorance is bliss, we are evolving and growing into more intelligent, conscious being's so be OPEN to information that comes to you.. Read it. Analyze it. and Do your own research!
1. Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
3. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
5. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
6. Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
7. Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulceration colitis.
8. Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar.
Read the full list here (it goes to 30 points) in blog day322:
The Earth Diet is sugar free :)
There is no reason why you can't enjoy delicious, scrumptious, divine, lush desserts that are SWEET! Here are some of my favourite desserts on The Earth Diet that are sugar free... (and also dairy free & soy free!)
HERE! They are part of The Earth Diet food line that is available in New York, and stocked daily at Organic Corner!
All recipes on The Earth Diet are sugar free! :) www.TheEarthDiet.org for free recipes :)
When the areas of the belly, bottom, breasts and thighs are filled with fat, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs like the heart, liver ad kidneys. These organs begin to slow down and finally these tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The entire body is then affected by their reduced ability and so high blood pressure results as a consequence. The autonomic nervous system is then affected as processed sugar is a powerful stimulator of the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. The circulatory and lymphatic system is also invaded and then the quality of the red blood cells begin to change.
Only if they are freshly squeezed or you make them yourself. Much of the marketing hype around fruit juices is that they are healthy, when actually they are laden with sugar which is needed to preserve the juice.
If you want to learn about the damage caused by sugary food check out the video below with Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology who explores that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
Day 23 on The Earth Diet was the day I gave up sugar! Blog link here:
How long can you go without sugar?
One of the endless possibilities inside The Earth Diet is replacing processed and refined sugars, to sugars that are provided whole & naturally by the earth - like sugar cane! Have you ever sucked the sweetness out of one of those things - it's like beautiful crisp sweetness mmm :) And pineapple, and honey, cherries, nectarines, apples, sweet sweet lichees, peaches, ooh grapes, oranges, SWEET potatoes, and mandarins or clementines as some say, water melon and this list could go on and on and there are fruits I am sure I haven't even heard of yet!
The Earth Diet replaces processed sugars with sweets that the earth provides naturally :) The healthiest sugar alternatives are:
1. Honey is great for immune function. If honey has been pasteurized or filtered it is not ‘food’ just a by-product so make sure it is unprocessed and unfiltered. You won’t be able to see through it and it will have chunks of bees wax. Avoid cooking with honey as it is not heat stable and can create toxins when heated to high for to long.
2. Dates - a sweet simple snack! Blend them with walnuts in a food processor and roll them into balls! :)
3. Maple Syrup - extracted from the Maple Tree
4. Agave - extracted from the Agave cactus (also makes Tequila!)
5. Fruit! Eat a piece of fruit when you have a craving for sugar...suddenly that impulse to go for processed sugars, lollies/candy, chocolate etc won't be as strong!
A bit of classic sugar sugar for the ears... ;) haha lol!
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Denise Smith Maddox, Tinai Livi-Nia Sing, Migani Fitness Trainer, Ruth Tolbert, Tammy Caughill, Sherri Dahl and Amanda Catalfo for making this blog happen! ;)
With love, Liana :)