Monday, 4 June 2012

Dangers of Sugar Intake


First of all, it is true that your body converts all foods to glucose.  However, there is an important difference between sugar and those other foods.....meat, fruits, and vegetables all have vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.  Sugar has none of those things to assist in its digestion and absorption.  As a result, metabolizing refined sugar puts the body at a severe nutritional disadvantage.
Here are some studies that have been done on sugar and its effects.  I don't know how those health care professionals can say that sugar is ok after reading these studies.  This is information that has been around for some time, too, and should be well known

First of all, in 1973 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study by A. Sanchez et al, "Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis", November, 1180-1184, showing that ingesting 100 grams of simple sugar lowers white blood cell activity for up to five hours.  He got this result using processed honey, table sugar, and processed orange juice.  This translates into a 50% reduction in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria.  The immune suppressing effect begins within ten minutes of ingesting the sugar.
Lowered white blood cell activity means your immune system and it's ability to fight infection, is impaired.
The general public believes that the orange juice they buy at the store is healthy....however, once the fresh squeezed juice has been pasteurized, it no longer has any live enzymes, and the vitamin and mineral content has been greatly reduced.  In essence, the processing of the juice renders it the same as refined white sugar, because it does not contain the life giving substances which help the natural sugar to be metabolized.  Also, when orange juice is commercially prepared, the juice is stored in large vats for up to a year.  By that time it is of very low quality because it has no live enzymes, and low amounts of vitamins and minerals.  And frankly, it doesn't taste that good.  So the industry bolsters the flavor by adding what they call "flavor packs" to the juice to make it palatable enough that you will buy it.   To preserve the live enzymes, the juice must be consumed within 20 minutes of being juiced.  After that, all live enzymes are dead. 
Honey would give the same result unless it is raw, UNHEATED honey.  This means that in the processing of the honey, the temperature cannot exceed 96 degrees Fahrenheit, or the live enzymes in the honey will be destroyed as well.
Since most people do not drink fresh squeezed orange juice, or go to the trouble to make sure their honey is unheated during processing, they are feeding their bodies pure sugar without knowing it.
Now think about the amount of sugars that the average person gets in their daily's no wonder that so many people are sick these days.  Their immune systems are constantly operating below their optimum levels.
Again, in 1976 a study was published in the journal Dental Survey.  In this study, J.R. Ringsdorf found that drinking 24 ounces of cola depressed the activity of a kind of white blood cell call a neutrophil that eats bacteria.  He found that this reduction in activity lasted for at least five hours.  Another good study was in 1977 by J. Bernstein et al. called Depression of lymphocyte transformation following oral glucose ingestion, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 30, page 613.
In 1991, T.W. Jones et al. published an article called Independent effects of youth and poor diabetes control on responses to hypoglycemia in children.  It was published in Diabetes, Volume 40, pages 358-63.  These researchers found that sugar increases adrenalin, a stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal glands.  It was also found that this adrenalin increase was far more pronounced in children than in adults, which might account for why children often have hyperactivity problems when their diet contains refined sugars.
When sugar is constantly in the diet, the pancreas must constantly produce insulin.  When sugar is continually overused, the pancreas eventually wears out and is no longer able to clear sugar from the blood, and diabetes is often the result.  This tendency toward diabetes rises severely after menopause.  Also, for some people, they have enough insulin but the cells have become insulin-resistant, so they do no absorb the insulin to facilitate absorption of glucose.
Sugar also increases the urinary output of essential vitamins and minerals.  According to L. K. Massey in Acute effects of dietary caffeine and sucrose on urinary mineral excretion in healthy adolescents Nutr. Res 8(9): 1988, calcium loss through the urine doubles when a soft drink containing sugar is consumed.  Cola drinks containing both caffeine and sugar caused the greatest calcium and bone loss in these subjects.
White, refined sugar is also bleached with Chlorine Bleach, a substance that many people are sensitive to.   Chlorine, when it combines with organic compounds, converts to Dioxin, a lethal chemical.  No one should ever consume any substances that have been exposed to chlorine or chlorine bleach, nor use paper products that have been bleached.
NOW....let's talk about HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.....usc as sweetens soda pop and is in almost any processed food you can find on the shelf today.
High fructose corn syrup is a liver toxin.  It is metabolized in the body the same way alcohol is metabolized.  Now, alcohol is metabolized by the brain, and so you get effects that you can recognize, we call it intoxication. Effects like impaired judgment, slowed response time, impaired motor function, etc.  But fructose is not metabolized by the brain, so you don't notice that is affecting your body the same way alcohol is.  Drinking a can of soda does the same thing to your liver that drinking a can of beer does.  And you are allowing your kids to drink this every day.  You may be a person who doesn't believe in drinking  because it destroys your body, but the soda is destroying your body just as much.
When the fructose breaks down in 
Dextrose & the Blood Sugar Level
Dextrose, more commonly known as glucose, is a type of simple sugar found in a variety of carbohydrate-containing foods. Sugars are an essential nutrient, as they serve as your body's primary source of energy.   
Blood Glucose Level-After you consume a carbohydrate-containing food, it travels to your stomach in order to be digested. During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into tiny sugar molecules. After the carbohydrates are converted into sugar molecules, they pass through the lining of your stomach and are absorbed into your bloodstream. Because dextrose is already a simple sugar, it is absorbed into your bloodstream at a particularly speedy rate. For this reason, sugar carbohydrates are known as fast-acting carbohydrates. In contrast, starch carbohydrates are made up of multiple sugar molecules that are bonded together and, therefore, take longer to digest.

Sources of Dextrose- Dextrose is a type of sugar that is found naturally in a variety of foods and is also added to many processed foods. For example, raw fruits and vegetables contain naturally occurring dextrose. Dextrose is also added to a variety of baked goods, candies, desserts, sweetened beverages and energy drinks, condiments and fruit spreads, such as jam, jelly and preserves, usually in the form of dextrose syrup.  
Uses of Dextrose-In addition to food, dextrose is commonly found in a variety of medicinal liquid solutions used for intravenous injection. In fact, dextrose solutions are often used as the vehicle to which other drugs can be added for intravenous use. Dextrose tablets are available for the purpose of raising blood sugar in patients experiencing hypoglycemia. Dextrose may also have additional commercial and industrial applications. 
Dextrose and Insulin-The amount of dextrose in your bloodstream is called your blood glucose level. After you eat a carbohydrate-containing food, your blood glucose levels rise. But the dextrose in your bloodstream does not stay there permanently. Instead, the hormone insulin helps move the dextrose in your blood to various cells throughout your body. Your cells use dextrose as fuel, so that they can function. If you have insulin resistance, your body does not respond to insulin, resulting in a buildup of dextrose in your bloodstream. This condition is known as high blood glucose. Dextrose is a simple sugar that can be found occurring naturally in many foods. In addition, dextrose is also used as an additive sweetener in popular beverages and processed foods. Dextrose can also be found as an ingredient in many commercial and medical products. Dextrose-In most cases, the term "dextrose" can be used synonymously with glucose since they contain the identical chemical formula. Dextrose is a particular configuration of glucose that rotates light in a certain direction. In terms of biology, the human body uses dextrose in the same manner as glucose. As a singular simple sugar unit, dietary glucose is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream from the digestive tract.

Dextrose and Diabetes-Excessive consumption of dextrose can cause elevated blood sugars in diabetics, a metabolic disorder those results in poor regulation and utilization of glucose by muscle and tissue cells. As a result, glucose accumulates in the blood stream. Prolonged exposure to elevated glucose levels can lead to complications including heart disease, eye disease, kidney failure and neuropathies. Patients should speak to a physician with concerns regarding diabetes and dextrose consumption.

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