Here’s How To Stop The Sugar-Rollercoaster Before You Develop
By Tonie Konig
If someone stacked 110 2 pound bags of sugar on your kitchen
table on January 1st, how long would you say it might take you
to ingest all of it in the course of your normal diet? A couple
of years? Five years? Longer? The fact is that in the United
States, the per capita sugar consumption is three times that
amount, per person, per year!
Sucrose, corn syrup, caramel color and fructose are all sugar
in disguise. That’s not to mention the cans of cola, ice-creams,
and starch-based foods that we eat on a daily basis. Glucose is
the bottom line – as far as your body is concerned only three
major sources of carbohydrates exist in the normal human diet.
They are sucrose (known popularly as cane sugar), lactose (found
in milk) and starches (found in all non-animal foods –
particularly the grains).
Starches, lactose and sugar are broken down into glucose
molecules during digestion, and it is these molecules that are
the major source of energy in our bodies. In the ordinary diet,
which contains far more starches than all other carbohydrates
combined, glucose represents more than 80 per cent of the final
products of carbohydrate digestion, and glucose and fructose
seldom represent more than 10% each of the products of
carbohydrate digestion. So lose the crabs!
The consumption of sugar and refined starches is having a
devastating effect on the world’s population. It is a
multi-faceted disorder and inflicts a tremendous economic burden
on patients, families and health care providers.
Our blood sugar levels are governed by the hormone insulin,
which is responsible for carrying glucose from the blood across
the cell membrane and into the cells. If you don’t have
sufficient insulin, your cells will literally starve, due to a
lack of glucose for energy production.
The glucose therefore remains in the blood, resulting in
elevated blood sugar levels. In the case of diabetics, the cause
of these high blood sugar levels is either an inability to
produce enough insulin (which is secreted by the pancreas), or a
decrease in sensitivity of the body's cells to insulin. Insulin
is designed to eliminate excess glucose in the bloodstream.
Consuming excessively large amounts of carbohydrates over
extended periods of time means that the pancreas must produce
more and more insulin to bring down the glucose level, causing
the body to become “resistant” to the insulin. And, the higher
the insulin, the more fat gets shoved into our fat cells for
storage. Put simply, the body becomes resistant to the hormone
insulin, due to long-term carbohydrate overload.
There are serious complications of Type II diabetes to every
organ in the body if blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid
(fat) levels are not adequately controlled. In addition to
diabetes, the health problems that can result from elevated
blood sugar levels include obesity, hormone imbalance, elevated
blood pressure, low ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, and fatigue. Type II
diabetics have a very high incidence of heart disease, and this
is their main cause of death.
However, this can be prevented, or at least controlled, by
taking great care to control blood glucose, blood pressure and
lipid levels. A recent study reveals that high blood sugar
boosts the levels of damaging free radicals Now, a recent study
reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
shows that excess blood sugar may boost the production of free
radicals – the byproducts of normal metabolism that have been
linked to ageing and heart disease.
The implication is that it can be prevented by lifestyle
measures, which include exercise and diet. But it’s not just
diabetics who should be worrying about their carbohydrate
intake. We are all in danger of permanently damaging our bodies
by carbohydrate overload. A healthy diet is the most important
factor in controlling blood sugar levels.
How to take action today!
• Skip the white rice, white flour, potatoes and corn.
• Reduce or dilute fruit juices, especially from tropical
fruits, and eat the whole fruit, but in moderation. Temperate
fruits like apples and pears are a wiser choice.
• Never over-eat. Stop when you are no longer hungry. You
really do not have to clean your plate (leftovers are “good
• Do eat high protein foods: meats, soy products, nuts, eggs
• Look for products higher in fiber or with added fiber.
• If eating bread, go for whole grain products without added
sugar. Read the labels on your food. Even most brands of tinned
tomatoes contain sugar!
The rollercoaster effect of rising and sinking glucose levels
in the blood have a huge impact on mood. Cut out starches and
sugar and you’ll lose weight, feel better, and have much more
About the Author: Written by Tonie Konig - Author of the book
"Congratulations You're Forty Something" part of The Optimum
Health System available at
http://www.libidoandhealth.com/quiz.htm and the blog Libido and
Health. http://www.libidoandhealth.com/blog Free to use as long
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