Food additives like white sugar can lead to serious physical illness, and white sugar is even physically addictive. Nevertheless, white refined sugar is used in many foods and has been for hundreds of years. Here’s why you should avoid white sugar.
White Sugar Is Addictive
White sugar is a physically addictive drug. Some people become so strongly addicted to sugar that they just can’t stop eating it. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when you stop eating sugar; they include:
- Mood swings
- Sugar cravings
Sugar Is an Immunosuppressant
Sugar suppresses your immune system, which means that it makes your white blood cells less able to destroy bacteria. Just two teaspoons of sugar lowers your immunity by as much as 25%. A whole dessert made with refined sugar can completely destroy your immunity for up to five hours after it’s eaten. If you eat sugar at every meal, your immune system is constantly compromised.
Sugar Causes Serious Health Problems
Eating refined white sugar causes serious health problems. It can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and gout. Sugar also cause mental and emotional side effects, including depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate and hyperactivity. It increases your risk of dental disease and can cause overeating.
How to Avoid Sugar
Cut down on the white sugar in your diet by eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and meats that you prepare yourself at home. Read the labels on the products you buy and watch out for any of these high sugar ingredients:
- Raw sugar
- Brown sugar
- Corn syrup
- High fructose corn syrup
- White grape juice
Manufacturers are required by law to list ingredients according to how much of them are used in a product, from the largest amount to the smallest amount. Manufacturers may seek to give the appearance that a high sugar product has little sugar by using several of the above ingredients at once so that they can use smaller amounts and place them further down on the list.
Eliminate from your diet all soft drinks, fruit juices and baked goods made with sugar or brown sugar. Use brown rice syrup, stevia or maple syrup as a sweetener. Avoid sugar substitutes like aspartame, as these can cause health problems as well. Also, exercise caution with canned and frozen fruits; buy unsweetened fruits or fruits canned in their natural juices to avoid excess white refined sugar.
Eat fruit desserts and reserve traditional desserts made with refined sugar for special occasions. Eat them separate from your meals. Eat nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables as snacks, and give them to your children as snacks. Don’t reward yourself or your children with sweets.
Don’t eat processed commercial breakfast cereals, as these are often very high in sugar. Eat whole grain cereals and use fruits as a sweetener. Make your own fresh squeezed juice rather than buying commercially processed juice made with sugar.
The best way to avoid white sugar is not to bring it home. Sugar cravings may be difficult, but you can relieve them with a daily multivitamin and a fish oil supplement.