How is everyone doing on the sugar cleanse? (It’s not too late to join us, by the way!) Keep in mind that the first 3 days are the worst. With everyone in those first couple of days, I thought I’d share some research that should encourage you in your quest to remove refined sugar from your diet.
First, in the journal, Nature, commentary provided by researchers from the University of California found that sugar is so toxic that it should be regulated as strictly as alcohol. They propose taxes on all foods containing sugar, as well as banning the sale of sugary food in or near schools as well as placing age limits on the purchase of sugary foods!
As someone who is concerned about having too much government interference, I don’t think I could support such extreme measures. However, I can most definitely support schools and families who choose to self-regulate in this manner. One thing that crossed my mind was that while alcohol can have devastating effects on those who become addicted to it or over-consume, sugar has been linked to far more health issues. The fact is, alcohol could have health benefits when consumed on a regular, moderate basis. Sugar? Probably not.
And if sugar is a health concern, we should be even more concerned with our current American diet, “…the sugar trend is getting worse, with the average amount of added sugars now constituting 15.8 percent of the daily calories consumed by the average American, an increase from 10.6 percent in the 1970s, the researchers said.” Sugar in Diet hurts cholesterol, too.
From the same article, “Some of these sweeteners, such as high-fructose corn syrup, didn’t exist a few generations ago. Now, it seems, most of the top killers — diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and stroke — all are linked to sugar and its sweet cousins. These are additives (and risks) that could be avoided simply by ending our addiction to processed foods.”
Sugar makes us fat, prone to depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and strokes, yet we still eat it. Why is that? We are addicted to it.
I should clarify that I don’t see it as my mission to remove all sweets from everyone’s diet. We enjoy a sweet taste, and that’s not bad. However, when you eat a lot of overly sweetened food it changes your taste buds so that you can only enjoy really sweet foods. Our taste buds should savor a crisp apple, a handful of berries, a slice of ripe melon, or a cup of lightly sweetened cocoa. I find that after really doing a good job on cutting out sweets, my taste- buds change so that I can enjoy my food more, not less. True, my readers will sometime start to complain that my desserts aren’t sweet enough, but to me, they are heavenly.
So be encouraged that by going through the struggle of removing sugar from your diet, you are on a worthy endeavor that could have lasting, good effects on your life. Plus, you will enjoy food in a new way once it’s done.