Sugar has become a bad word in our house. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it is, and always has been, a wonderful delight. It is, well, sweet. Creating a sense of pleasure in small things – like food and drinks – is it’s best and worst quality! The love affair I’ve had with sugar in my life has been like a co-dependent relationship with an abusive friend, and I didn’t see the reality until I broke it off the first of this year.
After much researching and studying on my part on the hot topic of sugar in the American family’s diet, I have come to despise the delicious stuff. We have been taking gradual steps to rid our pantry, refrigerator, and lives, of the unhealthy substance.
Why is sugar in our diet such a topic of debate anyway? Allow me to offer my humble opinion on this troublemaker we call sugar. One of the first sources I started studying was the fabulous book, Get the Sugar Out, by Ann Gittleman, M.S. C.N.S. In her book, she lays the groundwork for this theory with this, “Saying sugar is bad for you is the ultimate understatement. The far-reaching problems sugar can cause are well documented in medical journals throughout the world, and new sugar-disease connections are made each year.” She goes on to explain that this information doesn’t get the same attention as the “fat” issue. “It got lost in the 1980’s amidst the outcries that all fat was bad. Americans ended up blaming fat for their health problems instead of sugar, and since then, the health problems of Americans have not lessened but have, in fact, worsened.”
Dr. Eric Scott Kaplan, author and creator of the High-Energy Kaplan diet, agrees with her, and is even bolder in his book, Lifestyle of the Fit and Famous. He claims, “The sugar industry is a big business, so maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised at the myriad and often subtle ways in which this substance finds its way into our diets. Don’t expect the food industry – which includes the sugar industry – to look out for your health.”
His unapologetic stand is that “Sugar is addicting! There is no way around it. It is the most lethal substance consumed in America today. Sugar is a paradoxical substance: it will fatten you without nourishing you and fool you into thinking that it infuses energy when it actually drains vitality.” Dr. Kaplan presents a strong case in linking our overindulgence of sugar as a society to the surge in behavioral disorders, such as ADHD in our kids. He also lists many diseases and disorders connected to too much sugar consumption – high blood pressure, diabetes, gall stones, peptic ulcer, varicose veins, dental cavities, colon cancer, gout, and elevated cholesterol levels, just to name a few. His case against sugar is strong, and shared by many authorities in the medical and alternative health communities, alike.
There is much more to be learned about hidden sugars in our food, and how to find it and rid our diets of its harmful effects. My journey for truth about this toxin has only begun, and I invite you to join me as I continue to discover healthy choices to replace sugar in our diets.