What’s wrong with sugar???

What’s wrong with sugar???

November 15, 2010

 

Man I’ve been busy, full time at work, but I’m back for a short post, maybe, we’ll see….

How are you guys doing? We’ve changed the clock setting and got one more hour of sleep. Hope you took advantage of it, I know I did. I needed it, you see I hit 51 a couple of weeks ago!

Well I didn’t need it because of my age, but because of all the sugar I ate/drank. Coming out of the October Paleo Challenge I felt great, and then I started to feel not so good anymore. I wanted to be flexible for my guests, so I took some cake and hors d’oeuvre, flour and sugar stuff, baklavas…. So what happened? I started to cough and get the sniffles, headaches, itchy eyes and cravings. And now not only a small skin rash is back but also my mild insomnia (I even don’t poop the same, but won’t go into details…) And I lost a hole in my belt as my belly is now bulging out! All this from a tiny bit of food, not even a whole meal….Dang!!!

So what was it? The sugars? Dairy? Grains? I’m not sure because I’ve tried them all at the same time. Since then I’ve been reading up on sugar. Now I’m convinced that even if it’s not the main culprit it no longer has it’s place in our home.

Sugar sugar by any other name is not

Now there is just too much confusion about sugar…all carbs are not the same, so I’ll just make a few disctinction here:

1- Carbohydrates are nutrients made up of carbon atoms hydrated by water molecules (Carbon-Hydrates H2O) That’s enough. So depending how these atoms are put together you get glucose, fructose, galactose, cellulose, starches, glycogen, fiber, etc… Different configurations equals different names equals different properties. So all carbs are NOT the same, that’s the first confusion.

2- Glucose is THE ONLY carb the body use for energy in virtually all tissues and organs. It is the preferred energy source for the brain. All other carbs we eat HAVE to be converted into glucose. Any excess is stored as FAT, yes FAT is sugar! FAT is just stored energy and is made of the same carb atoms but for some reason are not called carbs (go figure!). FAT = STORED ENERGY. That’s the second confusion

FUN FACT: Ok, you guys have been great so here’s a simple fun fact: Starch is the FAT of plants. That’s it! The plants takes sunlight and combines CO2 and H2O to create glucose and release oxygen. We are alive because plants process sunlight! No sun, no plants, no us. And the plant stores extra energy/glucose as STARCH which is PLANT FAT. When you eat a starchy food like rice, bread, potatoes and so forth you are eating FAT, see the connection now?

3- Sugar is proccessed food and there lies the problem. Actually it’s not even food, it’s a chemical, it’s inert and dead. It is void of all nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes, it is only energy. High Fructose Corn Syrup has the same problem but even worse, but I won’t get into it here.

OK so why no sugar?

Ok, very important here, I say NO to sugar, not to carbs!!! See the difference!!!

There is nothing wrong with fruits and vegetables because they are unproccessed and therefore alive and full of nutrients. But what happens when you eat sugar? Your body must borrow vital nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food. Calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are taken from various parts of the body to make use of the sugar. Many times, so much calcium is used to neutralize the effects of sugar that the bones become osteoporotic due to the withdrawn calcium. 

I won’t reinvent the wheel so here’s from another website in a nutshell: Sugars inhibit the function of our immune system, and increase diseases caused by poor immune function, such as colds, flu, AIDS, allergies, infections, …

Sugars lack the vitamins and minerals required for their own metabolism. To be metabolized, sugars must draw on our body’s stores of these nutrients. The more sugars you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you need. It can leach B, C, D  vitamins, and those minerals: calcium, phosphorous, iron, selenium, zinc, chromium, vanadium, tin, boron, bismuth, rare earth elements etc. from our teeth, bones, and tissues. As these are depleted, our body becomes less able to carry out other functions that require minerals and vitamins to be present: to metabolize fats and cholesterol; to convert cholesterol into bile acids for removal from our body through the stool; or to burn-off excess fats as heat or increased activity.  We have already started walking our way to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. http://curezone.com/foods/sugarpage.asp

In conclusion:

If you want to loose weight just eat less starch/plant fat.

If you want your health keep to real live carbs, not proccessed foods. Almost everything in a box/can/bottle has sugar in it, even cigarettes! Sugar, even organic cane sugar is toxic and addictive. Now that’s simple. Eat real food, not added sugar.

(PS: Paleo restrictions of grains/legumes/dairy have to do with anti nutrients, not with carbs, but that’s for another posting)

Live long and prosper!   Oops, wrong closing line…..

So until next,   GGrrrrrrrrrrr    Guy The Healthy Paleo Guy

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10 Responses to What’s wrong with sugar???

  1. Stephen says:

    Excellent post! Simple sugars are categorized by the number of Carbon atoms. For example, glucose has 6 carbon atoms, so the chemist would write this (sans subscripts in my type): C6H12O6. Notice that the hydrogen and oxygen ratio is the same as we find in water: H2O! Interestingly, fat is composed of the very same atoms – carbon and hydrogen, just arranged differently and in different proportions. Even more interestingly, protein uses the same atoms only with some nitrogen thrown in!

  2. Stephen says:

    Correction: fats = carbon, hydrogen AND oxygen

  3. Thanks Stephen

    I agree it is totally amazing that only one more element, Nitrogen, changes everything into amino acids/proteins!!! We are walking miracles…

  4. Nicole says:

    So what is a good alternative to sweetener? Agave Nectar? Real Maple Syrup? Honey?

    • Hello Nicole

      I know what you mean, there is a period of adaptation to go through. I suggest not using any, but in case of a crisis I have honey and maple syrup at home, the only 2 sweet products I keep. They are more for my wife though, she has more problems with it then me.

      When you keep off sugar your tastebuds slowly get back their sensitivity, fruits become an amazing experience!!! Bananas are almost too sweet for me now, apples are just right, and berries and grapes are the best treats.

      So real fruits, not in cans, jams and no juice whatsoever! fresh and frozen are fine, trust me your tastebuds are just going to come back alive!

      Take care Guy

    • If you realllllly need something, buy some dextrose, which is pure glucose, which is what your body is made for. You can find it cheap at any home beer or wine brewing store.

  5. Stephen says:

    Guy is absolutely right, Nicole! Once you eliminate sugar and sugar substitutes you begin to taste the sweetness of your food. I was amazed by how sweet a red onion really is (remember that vegetables have some carbohydrate content). I could even taste the sugar in broccoli and asparagus (and strawberries…wow!) Over time your taste buds will adjust and you will feel so much better when you keep your blood sugar and insulin levels way down. I just say no to sugar and sugar substitutes and savor the sugar in the foods I eat!

  6. Caroline says:

    QUOTE: “Sugars inhibit the function of our immune system, and increase diseases caused by poor immune function, such as colds, flu, AIDS, allergies, infections, …”

    I don’t think HIV/AIDS should be in that list; it’s a different kettle of fish.It is not caused by a poor immune function. I think you could say that eliminating sugar would be beneficial if one were HIV positive.

  7. Rachel says:

    What about UN unrefined sugar such as organic sucanut?

    • I’ve learned that sugar is sugar is sugar, this is how the body handles it…I’ve just learned, trained rehab myself about not having sugar, even fruits are no longer appelaling to me, except bananas and small berries…. just forget sugar, honey, whatever, it’s all the same…barely nutritional and easily detrimental in average quantities…why bother?

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