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SUGAR…..TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT, THAT IS THE QUESTION!

What a dilemma!  Things that have sugar in them usually tastes SO good that it is hard not to eat them, isn’t it?  For instance, we went to a new Yogurt Zone last week and had some really awesome yogurt.                                                                                                                   2010-07-06 20.06.11

All those little squares below the name, plus some you can’t see, are different flavors.  Yummy in the tummy!  Then I saw the sign that told me how good yogurt is for me, and I thought, “Great! I’ll have a BIG bowl of chocolate and vanilla swirl.”  Why not?  They said that it was GOOD for me, didn’t they?

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And since you probably can’t read it, it says:

  • can help lower bad cholesterol
  • helps to strengthen and stabilize the immune system
  • a rich source of calcium
  • may reduce the risk of high blood pressure
  • aids in overcoming skin problems & builds clear skin
  • contains active cultures that help improve the digestive system
  • may help prevent osteoporosis
  • aids in healing infections
  • excellent source of protein
  • stimulates the memory

And the picture next to it is all the goodies you can put on top of it. What they failed to mention, which I knew but ignored, is that the ingredient that makes it so delicious is SUGAR, which probably trumps the benefits of Yogurt! I have a list of 78 reasons why it is not good to eat sugar with references from medical journals & other scientific publications. I won’t bore you with all 78 or these reasons, but I will list only a few.  If anyone wants to see the whole list, e-mail me and I’ll send it to you. But here are a few:

In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant metabolic consequences, such as:

  • can suppress the immune system
  • can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties
  • can produce a significant rise in triglycerides
  • can reduce the good cholesterol (HDL) and raise the bad (LDL)
  • can play a big part in one’s getting various cancers….feeds & promotes growth of cancer cells
  • interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • can contribute to cardiovascular disease
  • can increase the amount of fat in the liver
  • can cause headaches, including migraines as well as depression
  • can increase the risk of Alzheimers disease
  • can adversely affect the children’s school grades & behavior…..they get sugar highs and then they crash!
  • can cause arthritis and asthma
  • can cause candida (yeast infection)

After recalling all I knew about the evils of eating a lot of white stuff, like sugar, flour, rice, pasta, I sort of regretted eating such a big bowl topped with Heath bar bits, pecans, chocolate & caramel sauce. It was, however, absolutely delicious!  Unfortunately it would do no good to say, “Forgive me for I have sinned”. So I just prayed that I didn’t get close to someone who had some disease I might get with my compromised immune system!

And while we are talking about sugar, did you know that one 12 oz can of soda like Coke contains between 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar?  Add that to all the HIDDEN sugar that is in just about everything we purchase that’s in a box or a can. Thus you eat several pounds of sugar a year.

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It’s kind of scary, so you switch to “sugar free” things and think you are A Okay.  Guess what……you are merely fooling yourself. From what I have learned from several Nutritionists, your body treats “non sugar” substitutes like it is sugar.  And Aspartane may be the worst! It can be like a hazardous chemical to your body. A long list of chronic illnesses have been linked to the use of aspartane, everything from ADHD to MS, and researchers say that it may be years before the symptoms occur. Splenda and Sweet and Low are not alot better.  The safest powdered natural sweetner you can use is Stevia.  It is a little harder to find, and different brands taste a little different, but it is well worth the effort and incredibly better for your health. You can also use Honey as a safe sweetner. And I want to be sure you understand that your body metabolizes fructose, the sweetner that is in fruits, differently than granulated sugar.

Does all this mean I have given up my Blue Bell ice cream and yogurt from Yogurt Zone and my Dove Chocolates forever?  Well, I wish I could tell you that I am that pure, but I am not. Every now and then I just have to eat that good comfort food, especially dark chocolate. Well, they say that dark chocolate is good for you, too, so I figure that 1 or 2 small pieces of Dove dark chocolates after dinner is okay. But it is a wiser choice to choose a piece of fruit when you want something sweet.  Granted, it may not be as satisfying, but I guess that’s how it goes…….

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The name of the game is probably moderation, if you can’t quit entirely! You might like to know that a food based,BALANCED B Complex with no additives or preservatives, like the Shaklee B Complex, will help curb your sweet tooth.  Really!  More about B Complex next week.  ‘Til then, enjoy those peaches and nectarines while they last.  Our Texas ones are simply delicious!

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