The Dangers of Sugar

What You Should Know

February, the month of LOVE and sweet treats to show our affection. We all indulge from

Krista Dolbear BSc, RHN, PTS
Krista Dolbear BSc, RHN, PTS

time to time, however I wanted to share with you some dangers of sugar.  It is good to try to substitute different ingredients for sugar like using Maple syrup, honey or Stevia just to name a few.

As well as causing weight gain, diabetes and cavities, sugar can cause an array of imbalances in the body.

1. Sugar damages and shrinks the pancreas, enlarges the adrenal glands, raises triglyceride, cholesterol, corticosteroid and insulin levels, enlarges the liver, increases  adhesiveness of blood platelets, and raises hydrochloric acid levels

2. Sugar suppresses the immune system (white blood cells are depleted by 50% after just 1 teaspoon of sugar and don’t recover for several hours).

3. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

4. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

5. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood

6. Sugar lowers B6 levels (and all B vitamins) in the body. B vitamins are crucial for supporting our liver’s ability to de-activate estrogen. B vitamin deficiency contributes to hormone imbalances that lead to PMS, fibroids, cysts, pregnancy nausea and stretch marks (therefore it makes sense that reducing and eliminating sugar in the diet would reduce these syndromes)

7. Sugar can decrease growth hormones

8. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body

9. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium

10. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children

11. Sugar can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders

12. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

13. A diet high in refined sugar reduces learning capacity

14. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

15. In juvenile rehabilitation facilities, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behaviour

16. Sugar can cause a rapid rise in adrenaline levels in children

Take a look at your diet to see if you can reduce the amount of sugar.

Try this cookie recipe with a sugar alternative.

Almond Butter Cookies:

• ¼ cup + 1 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
• 2 tbsp sugar alternative
• 1 egg white (2 tbsp)
• ¼ tsp baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. You can use a small amount of coconut oil to spread over the cookie sheet.

2. Combine almond butter, sugar alternative, egg white, and baking powder in medium bowl; blend until smooth.

3. Drop dough into 6 equal portions on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cookies should be slightly puffed and golden on the bottom.

Makes 6 servings