A Rant About Sugar
As much as it seems utterly ‘normal in society right now to have copious amounts of refined sugar in our diets, my ever expanding view is that sugar is poison.
Yet it is all pervasive.
It’s everywhere and in everything unless you are cooking with whole, fresh raw ingredients. As soon as you add anything from a supermarket store to your trolley, you are in all likelihood going to buying something with sugar added somewhere.
The evidence I’m reading nowadays isn’t from ideological view points on nutritional philosophies but rather clinical data from the medical field!
One of the false beliefs I absorbed from a story too often told about a medical field that hasn’t a clue about nutrition, I have found to be flawed. It isn’t true.
There are scientists and endocrinologists and hormone specialists that know a great deal about nutrition because they have gone steps further in studying ‘metabolism’ and how metabolism works and I like hearing from them, I have read nutritional theory from here to Kingdom Come, you name it I’ve read it I’ve been there, I’ve visited it – the paradigm breakers and shifters at the moment are the scientists. Science is going there because they have to in the age of increasing levels of disease- the questions coming out of that are getting pointed. What causes this? The best answers in my view are coming from this quarter at the moment.
There are growing groups of scientists and medical experts who ARE TELLING THE NUTRITIONAL STORY and when they do, the view is less emotive, less ideological and more evidence based and they’re saying ‘we can largely thank sugar for the rise in metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even cancer.’
The data is compelling. You don’t need a medical degree to understand it, you just need to start looking at the science of endocrinology – even endocrinology 101 is going to tell you that sugar is a devastatingly stressful substance for your body to handle. Listening to the information about how food is metabolized and what happens when sucrose enters the bloodstream, what happens when fructose enters the blood stream, how does it get metabolized – it becomes evident that the ‘what’ of how your body processes something provides way more information than simply demonzing certain foods on ideological grounds like – refined sugar isn’t natural.
It isn’t controversial anymore. Across the board – everybody is saying that refined sugar and that includes refined fructose and high fructose corn syrup is not something our bodies can easily handle without creating metabolic and immune system imbalances which are markers on the journey to more serious disease.
If you want to turn to the guys who have the hard science about the debilitating effects of sugar, you want to follow the endocrinologists, the new wave of scientific interest in the metabolic anomalies showing up in modern western society that so many are attributing to the increased rise of sugar consumption which now reaches ludicrous and dangerous proportions because high fructose corn syrup is a cheap sugar that is in everything. I mean everything.
You try and walk down a supermarket aisle and find food that doesn’t contain it. You’ll battle unless you’re in the toilet paper aisle. Even the toothpaste aisle will give you sugar.
Those of you who have been reading me for years will know that every now and again, I get particularly fired up about a particular issue and I’m noisy when I do.
That energy is boiling over for me at the moment on this topic.
I’m horrified at what ‘normal’ children are eating. I’m horrified at the ‘norm’ that is a ludicrously high amount of sugar in children’s diets and I’m fed up in chunks of being the odd ball when I decline a fizzy drink or brightly colored sweet on my daughter’s behalf.
I battle with this.
We need to create new norms. I want to focus some more attention on this issue over the next couple of weeks.
What is the absurd increase in sugar consumption doing to our children? Is it really ok, to put children at risk for diabetes, to behavioural problems caused by the sugar and artificial additives and preservatives that are all pervasive in our modern diets unless you are cooking from whole ingredients yourself.
This isn’t twaffle anymore!
The data is there, obesity and diabetes particularly are on an insane and sharp upward curve. The evidence that sugar not fat – is the primary cause of this is compelling.
Any place where you can cut down on it in your diet is a good one.
Do you know that paediatricians are starting to see obese 6 month old babies more and more?
Where the calories in and calories out theory of weight gain makes absolutely sense.
I’m also not convinced that the alternatives that we offer our children as recourse in a sugar obsessed world make much difference. I’ve made many mistakes on that score myself, believing that diluted fruit juice is a better alternative. Maybe. I wish rather that I had gotten her used to just drinking water.
I’ve stopped fruit juice in the morning for her simply by focusing on letting her rather eat fruit whole in the morning – then she doesn’t ask for the juice and this is how I’m starting to get the fruit juice norm out of her daily life. Thank heavens her school only gives them water but at least with her fruit eaten whole, she gets the much needed fibre to help digest the sugar. Without the fibre, the blood sugar levels spike.
When you look at the data of how these sugars are actually metabolized, it is evident that concentrated sugar has no place in our diet and is causing untold havoc to our health.
What I’m finding particulary fascinating at the moment is that so many medical voices are adding weight to this. There was a time when I could only access information from mainstream activists writing books from a non scientific point of view with arguments that for me were often watered down because of a heavy ideological base.
The medical profession is not the enemy, I keep hearing more and more lately of people whose doctors are talking to them about diet and healing people through diet – and these are doctors – doctors are going there, more and more and when they do, they generally do it well because they have the advantage of really understanding the mechanics of metabolism.
I’m feeling very confidant about this as a new development.
With the increased rise in diebetes and metabolic disturbances that the medical profession faces, there are MANY who are starting to tell the story of how food is metabolized from a scientific point of view which for me is so refreshing. Finally, I can marry hard data and science with ideology.
Sugar as a large part of a chlid’s diet is not ok.
It’s not ok for adults but we make our choices. It pains me to see children who are having this legacy passed down to them and I see it as the ‘norm’. I haven’t yet met a friend of my daughter’s where this isn’t an issue.
I’ve seen children being fed chocolate bars for breakfast, I see children whose ‘normal’ week-end diets contains a pervasive stream of sugar in the form of sweets, fizzy drinks and refined starch, pizza, hotdogs, sweets and fizzy cold drinks. Children are being rasied on this junk. 2 of her friends have cellulite and they’re 5! I’ve seen friends of my daughters who DO NOT EAT FRUT AND VEGETABLES.
I don’t’ accept this and I commit to getting more vocal about this, not less so.
Thank heavens being popular isn’t high on my agenda nowadays.
At schools, the on-going norm is cake AND sweets for children’s parties. I don’t accept that.
Cake is enough from a sugar point of view! It’s already an onslaught of sugar and refined flour – why in heaven’s name do we think it’s good to ADD MORE SWEETS to this mix – we’re not doing the children any favours.
When are we going to realize this – we aren’t doing them any favours – we are compromising their health.
They come home ratty, on the bad side of a blood sugar drop and then get shouted at for the resultant tantrums and moans. Sore tummies after parties has become par for the course, and if you don’t want to expose your child to this nonsense – you’re the weird one?
It’s absurd, it’s absurd and I’m a mother really battling with this.
We need a wall of voices here, so that more and more parents start to challenge the all pervasive sugar and chemical onslaught that children’s parties have become.
Why can’t party packs have toys in rather than toxic sweets with artificial colorants and preservatives that are simply not ok – most of them are allergens – never mind the sugar.
I’ve had it in chunks with this issue and really it’s time we start educating ourselves, the more we talk about this, the less other parents can plead ignorance.
I’m not saying let’s not have the cake- cake at parties is ok – it’s a treat – it’s a celebration – but cake and sweets, and sugary drinks and a party pack full of more chocolate afterwards. Why?
Really. We cringe at the idea of giving our children alcohol but we’re quite happy to give them sweets and foods loaded with corn syrup that ends up as alcohol in the liver regardless. That’s the raw truth of it, IT ENDS UP BEING METABOLIZED TO CREATE ETHANOL, JUST LIKE ALCOHOL. We don’t like that ,but we’re cool to sugar spike our kids. I’m frustrated with this as a societal norm, I really am.
Ok. That’s my rant.
So – I’ll get a bit more produtive with my indignation here and start focusing on sending out real data. Why are many of the preservatives and additives that are rampant in products over here banned in some European countries. What are the ‘dirty dozen’ in artificial colorants and presevatives and how to spot them, why are they referred as such in the UK and what effect do they have on children’s behaviour. How does a small child’s body deal with a sudden 40 tsps of sugar they just had to handle in their coke and chocolate? What effect does it have on their blood sugar, their health, their mood and temperament? Why do endocrinologists tell us that sugar harms the liver, the pancreas, metabolism and heaps more. I’m going to go there.
I think it’s important.
It is probably utterly absurd that I launched into my anger at the sugar in society right after I told you that we are selling organic lemon cordial at the moment.
I just want us to be clear that this is not a ‘health drink’, it’s still refined sugar, it just happens to be a better option and one to use in the journey to getting your children off the nasty stuff if you’re removing conventional cordials.
This one ast least is full of vitamin c and doesn’t have the added junk in it nor fake yellow or fake lemon taste.
I need to dash – thanks for listening and please start reading up about sugar metabolism and looking out for it – it’s everywhere.