There’s a song that says “a spoonful of sugar.” In the late 1800s the occasional spoonful added up to about 5 pounds of sugar, per person, per year. Back then cardiovascular (heart) disease and cancer were virtually unheard
of! The spoonsful have increased to cupsful as the average sugar consumption is now 150 lbs. of sugar, per person, per year!
Sugar is known to be more addictive than heroin, but what most people don’t realize is that for every teaspoon of sugar consumed, it can suppress the immune system for about an hour. at morning coee isn’t bad, but add a Cinnabon with 14 tsps. of sugar, and you will shut down your immune system for half of the day. A can of cola not only contains 10 tsps. of sugar, but it takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize its acidity.
Excess sugar and acidity causes premature aging, headaches, restless legs, and contributes to obesity, cancer, ADHD, poor eyesight, and many other negative eects. is excess acid causes the body to borrow minerals from the bones in order to keep the blood alkaline. Year aer year of mineral leaching will cause osteoporosis. Lack of minerals will cause you to crave sugar and, if you eat sugar, it then robs the body of minerals, which
causes you to crave sugar – continuing the vicious cycle.
Energy drinks have 2 to 14 times the amount of caeine as a can of cola. Red Bull was banned in France when an 18-year-old athlete died aer consuming 4 cans during a basketball game. Energy drinks are addicting and can cause caeine intoxication, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, seizures, and even death. Instant boosts of energy are extremely hard on your heart, liver and kidney.
Sugar alternatives such as Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, NutraSweet and aspartame can be even more dangerous than sugar itself. “e ingredients in aspartame are aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol is a chemical that breaks down and turns into formaldehyde and DKP (diketopiperazine), two chemicals known to cause problems in the nervous system.” (www.dorway.com) ere are many links between them and multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, weight gain, mood disorders, bromyalgia, headaches, seizures, tumours, infertility, premature birth, diabetes and more.
Diet pop seems to be the drink of choice for many diabetics, not realizing that it could be causing the problem. Many people diagnosed with MS experience a complete, or almost complete, cessation of symptoms when they stop drinking diet pop. Xylitol and pure Stevia (not Truvia, which is chemically altered) are good natural sweeteners. Proverbs 25:16 says honey in moderation is a good thing.
From a spiritual perspective, excess sugar consumption can be linked to feeling like life has been sweet enough, so we try to make up the dierence with sweet pleasures. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like a
honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” (NKJV) Maybe a good daily prescription would be to speak more words of sweet exhortation and healthy encouragement to each other, and maybe our cravings for sugar.