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Uhmm… you know it so well ….this sweet taste melting in your mouth and pepping up your spirits. One piece, two...three...four - and more quickly than it takes you to say "M&M'S", the candy bag is empty.

We actually eat quite a lot of sugar. According to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, each Dane consumes an average of 42 kg of sugar a year, and that is actually a large quantity. We do not even notice much of the sugar we consume every day because it is hidden in incredibly many foods. Hidden sugar is found behind names such as lactose (milk sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), invert sugar (syrup), maltose, grape sugar (dextrose), glucose syrup etc., which is why we do not always notice the large sugar content. It is hardly surprising that for instance chocolate contains a handsome amount of sugar, but few people realise that for instance ketchup contains even more sugar!

If you belong to those who have tried dropping the eating of sugar you know how incredibly hard it can be; not just because you are challenged to find foods that actually contain no sugar but especially because we often become physically addicted to the white poison by the name of sugar. And it is a poison, for sure! Studies have shown that sugar is just as habit-forming as drugs and nicotine, so it requires patience, energy and strength to break off the habit of eating sugar. When you eat food that contains a lot of sugar (ice-cream, candy, soft drinks, white bread etc.), your blood sugar increases rapidly, and your body releases insulin to help transporting the sugar (glucose) around in your body and into all of your cells so that it can be absorbed and used as energy. Some glucose can be stored in your muscles and your liver, but if the insulin level gets too high, the glucose is stored in your fat deposits instead, possibly causing overweight and obesity in the long run.

In addition to this unfortunate mechanism, it is important to notice that after such a rapid increase, your blood sugar will subsequently plunge to a level that is even lower than before you ate. You will therefore soon feel a craving for even more sweet things and thus easily get into a vicious circle where your blood sugar keeps going up and down. That will knock your body off its balance, the cells will have difficulty in receiving the insulin circulated by your body to help the glucose, and there will be a "flood" of insulin. This process may eventually trigger the development of a type 2 diabetes.

Other negative effects of an excess sugar intake include, among other things:

  • Hyper activity and concentration difficulty in children.
  • Reduced immune response.
  • Depression.
  • Yeast infections.
  • Hardening of the arteries and cardiovascular problems.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Speeding up of the body's ageing process.
If, on the other hand, you eat meals with less sugar, more fibres, more protein and fine fatty acids, your blood sugar will neither increase not decrease rapidly, and you will avoid having that constant craving for sugar.

It therefore definitely pays to reduce the intake of white sugar. All in all, white sugar has a very negative impact on your health. It reduces the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals in your body and among other things, that causes your bones to weaken and, at worst, to develop brittleness/osteoporosis. In addition, we all know, adults as well as children, that sugar also eats our teeth and causes caries.
Even though it may seem impossible and insurmountable to eliminate the white poison from your diet, it is always worth a try and never too late.
If you have already been diagnosed with for instance type 2 diabetes, you can generally repair the damage to some extent. By reducing your sugar intake, you can reduce the excess insulin very rapidly, increase the cell ability of receiving insulin and thereby somewhat improve your situation.

So - do not give up after just one try. Think it over, it could be worth while trying again!

Source: "The self-healing human" – Susanna Ehdin

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