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Is Sugar Really Bad for You?

Why is sugar bad for you?

Ingesting simple sugar rapidly raises blood glucose levels which in turn causes the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin is the master storage hormone and promotes fat storage. Prolonged, excessive insulin contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other negative metabolic conditions.

What are sugar addiction symptoms?

1. The need to snack in between meals.
2. Getting “hangry” between meals.
3. Craving sweets.
4. The need for a pre or post-workout sugary energy drink.
5. Feeling sleepy and tired after a meal.
6. High fasting blood sugar or elevated insulin levels in the blood.
7. The feeling of a need to eat breakfast.

Sugar Misinformation History

The sugar industry has been pushing unhealthy sugar on Americans for the last 75 years for a profit

If you are taught something in school as a child and then had that reinforced to you your entire life, then it’s going to be very difficult to prove otherwise. We’re taught our entire life that it’s is innocent. I have news for you, it’s not, sugar is sneaky deadly because it’s a slow death.

Excess sugar consumption, over time, causes insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. These conditions can emerge 5-10 years before type 2 diabetes. The sad thing is doctors don’t test for insulin resistance, they just wait until you get type 2 diabetes to give you a diagnosis.

The word hangry was added to the Webster dictionary in September 2018.

Sugar is poison because it raises blood sugar to unhealthy levels and has zero nutritional value. The addiction to sugar is dangerous and real. The body gets used to high levels of blood sugar and normal, healthy people can actually get blood withdrawals (hangry) when their blood glucose drops even a little.

Here is an informative article on why and how we become “hangry”.

There is a current trend in America to reduce unhealthy sugar consumption

BUT……Did you know you that too much sugar is poison and you are eating way more of it than you think you are?

Yep, food manufacturers are putting it in everything. It’s toxic as it builds up in the blood and it’s in things that we don’t usually expect to find it in like:

  • yogurt
  • peanut butter
  • granola
  • barbecue sauce
  • fruit cups
  • apple sauce
  • ketchup
  • salad dressing
  • chocolate milk
  • instant oatmeal
  • dried fruit
  • beef jerky
  • tomato sauce
  • protein/energy bars

The US population on average is consuming approximately 15 teaspoons (60 grams) of added unhealthy sugar per day.

Alarmingly, we are consuming between 10 and 25% or more of our total daily calories from added hidden sugar.

Children are even getting fatty liver disease now. This recent study showed children drastically lowered the amount of fat and inflammation in their livers by cutting soda pop, fruit juices and other foods with added sugars from their diets.

Kid asking if sugar is bad for you?
Sugar is poison

If they know sugar is so unhealthy, why does the food industry put so much of it in everything?

Because they want to make money by selling their products and they know that it’s addictive. The food industry hires hundreds of chemists, physicists, and neuroscientists to make sure you grab that granola bar or extra cookie. For this article, I will call them “sugar scientists.”

They even have their own language when they are evaluating their sugary concoctions. They talk about “mouth feel” and “maximum bite force,” “sensory-specific satiety,” (which is how fast a snack loses its appeal as it’s being consumed).

The “Bliss Point” focuses on the euphoria that sugar provides

The food industry uses a phrase called the bliss point. Every sugary snack has to meet the “bliss point” criteria to make it from the laboratory to the grocery store.

The scientist’s experiment with their formulas until they hit the perfect ratio of just enough of it to make people want more, but not too much to make people think it’s too sweet. That is called the bliss point.

I think it’s important to understand that it is not helpful for good, long term health. Sugar in any form will raise blood glucose and cause a massive spike in insulin. It’s an understatement to say that it is bad for you.

sugar is everywhere
Sugar is everywhere

Sugar is converted to glucose in the blood

The human body can only handle about a teaspoon of glucose in the blood before it becomes toxic. The pancreas secretes insulin to utilize glucose.

What the body can’t use is stored as fat or sent to the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. When the cells are constantly exposed to insulin over time the cells get resistant to its toxic effect. That is called being insulin resistant.

Too much sugar causes insulin resistance which leads to a whole host of dietary diseases like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Sugar can also suppress the immune system

Excess sugar cause inflammation in the body. The immune system tries to fight the inflammation. So it’s harmful because it puts stress on the immune system. Here is a helpful article on ways you can actually boost the immune system.

Can keto put type 2 diabetes in remission?

This study titled “Insulin resistance as the underlying cause for the metabolic syndrome.” confirms the reality that it’s poison. Metabolic syndrome leads to type 2 diabetes and both can be prevented by reducing the intake of sugars and starches.

Sugar has many names to purposely confuse the consumer

However, you name it. Lactose (milk) and fructose (fruit) are just as dangerous as table sugar (sucrose).

They all raise your insulin. Food manufacturers try to sneak it into everything they can. They call it different things to confuse the consumer. There are about 56 different names for sugar and 68% of all barcoded food sold in the US has added sweeteners.

Don’t fall for the labeling on the package that says “natural” or “healthy” or “low fat”. However you slice it, it’s poison. Here are some examples of other names for sugar:

  • sucrose
  • glucose
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • honey
  • syrup
  • juice or crystals
  • molasses
  • caramel
  • maple syrup
  • sucanat
  • barley malt
  • dextrin
  • ethyl maltol
  • lactose
  • maltose
  • agave nectar
  • maltodextrin

People often ask if the keto diet is safe for pregnancy. I refer them to this article that shows simple sugars can actually increase the odds of having an underdeveloped baby. Excess sugar consumption also contributes to gestational diabetes.

sugar addiction cycle
sugar addiction

What about artificial sweeteners?

Alternatives sweeteners, while they might not raise your blood sugars, will still cause an insulin spike. It’s like your body tastes sweetness so it releases insulin in preparation for the sugar it thinks it’s getting. In this study on artificial sweeteners, participants that took sucralose (Splenda) showed a 20% increase in insulin secretion. 

Even though they are calorie-free, artificial sweeteners react with receptors on the tongue that make people think they are consuming something sweet.

Research has even shown that the gastrointestinal tract and the pancreas are capable of detecting sweet foods and drinks and respond by releasing hormones, such as insulin. Artificial sweeteners can adversely affect metabolism even in small amounts.

Consuming too many artificial sweeteners is a form of lazy keto and can contribute to a keto weight loss plateau.

Also, Xylitol’s sweetness level is about equal to real sugar, so in recipes, you can swap it out in an equal 1:1 ratio. Xylitol contains just 3 calories per gram and 4 grams of carbs per teaspoon. But, all the carbohydrates from sugar alcohols aren’t fully digested.

As a comparison, glucose has a glycemic and insulin index of 100 each.

Here is a list of sugar alcohols and their glycemic and insulin index values:

  • Erythritol: Glycemic index 0, insulin index 2
  • Isomalt: Glycemic index 9, insulin index 6
  • Maltitol: Glycemic index 35, insulin index 27
  • Sorbitol: Glycemic index 9, insulin index 11
  • Xylitol: Glycemic index 13, insulin index 11

Read more about keto friendly fruits and Fructose here>

Are you ready to beat the sugar addiction and get started on the ketogenic diet?

Here is a good resource to help you get started: Beginners Guide to the Ketogenic Diet.

Robert Bryant
Robert Bryant

It really bothers me when I see mothers give their kids so much pop, juice candy, cakes, etc., etc. Not only are they teaching their children poor eating habits, but are starting their children down the road to type 2 diabetes.

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