Easter is on it’s way and that means the hunt for easter eggs is on! It’s probably the only time of the year where most of us overindulge in chocolate and sugar.
But it’s Easter so that gives us a free pass to devour as many Cadbury’s creme eggs as we can handle.
It’s our birth right.
It doesn’t even matter if we celebrate Easter or not. Those eggs are getting smashed and we’ll inevitably feel sick afterwards but we don’t care.
We all know that too much sugar is bad for us right?
But do you know how bad it really is?
First of all, I’m talking about refined sugar here. Not the naturally forming fructose found in fruit or the glucose in starchy vegetables.
Not all sugar is evil. Just refined sugar. The stuff that makes food taste so delicious!
The same sugar that some experts proclaim to be as addictive and destructive as heroin. If you’re not sure of the detrimental effects of heroin then just watch Trainspotting. Great film. Brutal drug.
Some government officials have even come out and admitted that if they knew a few decades ago, how damaging sugar was to our health , it would’ve been regulated as it if were a controlled substance.
Ok, so now I’ve got your attention, let’s look at the three main effects of too much sugar within the body.
Effects of sugar
1) Sugar creates a drastic spike in insulin levels.
2) High levels of insulin promote fat storage.
3) Over time, this causes insulin resistance (IR) as the body protects itself from the toxic effects of too much insulin.
So, are there any other problems with too much insulin? Well, here are six to get started…
Problems with high insulin levels
1) Insulin is in charge of the storage of nutrients such as protein and vitamins.
2) It also functions as an anabolic hormone, so it’s a muscle builder too.
3) We need to increase lean muscle in order to elevate our metabolic rate so we can burn more calories and optimise fat burning!
4) When you become IR you are also becoming resistant to all the other life enhancing functions of insulin.
5) Chronic diseases soon follow like high blood pressure, obesity, cancer and diabetes.
6) Pregnant women who eat themselves into IR will pass it on to their child.
Just to add to this misery, below are ten other damaging effects that sugar can impose on the body. It makes grim reading…
10 Poisonous Reasons
1) Sugar suppresses the immune system. One teaspoon of sugar can suppress the immune system for up to 4 hours. The average can of Coca-Cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar.
2) Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties and crankiness,
3) Sugar as fat in the belly, bum, breasts and thighs.
4) Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
5) Sugar can weaken eyesight.
6) Sugar can speed the ageing process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
7) Sugar increases the risk of heart disease.
8) Sugar contributes to a weakened defence against bacterial infection.
9) Sugar can cause kidney damage.
10) Sugar may lead to breast cancer as well as cancer of the ovaries, prostate, rectum and colon.
As you can now see, processed sugar is not only a drug it is a poison.
The real problem is that we are consuming far too much sugar on a regular basis.
400 years ago, sugar was not available to man. We only ate naturally occurring complex carbohydrates.
100 years ago, the average yearly intake of simple sugars was about 4lb per person.
Nowadays, the average American or Englishman consumes 170lbs per person.
Why? Because refined sugar is hidden in so much processed food that you’re eating it without even knowing.
Look out for hidden sugar on ingredients labels, anything ending in -ose is sugar in disguise.
Enjoy your easter egg this year but don’t go over the top. There is a reason you feel sick and hyperactive after your third helping of chocolate heaven, it’s because your body is sliding into hell!
Do you know any sugar-free recipes for all those with a sweet tooth? Let us know in the comment box below.