Sugar is found in almost every type of processed food these days. Disguised under a variety of names, it appears multiple times on many nutrition labels. Although many people love sugar, or at least a sweet flavor, sugar is not part of a healthy diet. Sugar causes a multitude of health problems, not only diabetes.
Sugar is a processed food. Whether it comes from cane, beets, or corn, sugar is not something that is eaten in its natural form. The exception to this is fresh fruit, which produces its own sugar. Processed sugars include fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, sucrose, and lactose. Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols include aspartame, Splenda, sucralose, xylitol, and sorbitol (Hyman, Mark, MD, 2012, The blood sugar solution: The ultrahealthy program for losing weight, preventing disease, and feeling great now!, pps. 152-153, New York, NY: Little, Brown, and Company). Other forms of sugar include molasses and honey. These are somewhat healthier choices. Sugar is a carbohydrate, in any of its forms. Oftentimes, it causes inflammation. For those battling leukemia or cancer, it is suggested to remove sugar from the diet, as sugar stimulates bad cell growth, and can worsen a person’s condition. Those who battle with anxiety and/or depression may find it helpful to limit or remove sugar from the diet, as sugar has the power to increase the problems that accompany these health concerns. According to Mark Hyman, MD, “Diabetics have a much higher risk of getting depresison. And depressed people have a higher risk of getting diabetes,” (Hyman, Mark, MD, 2012, The blood sugar solution: The ultrahealthy program for losing weight, preventing disease, and feeling great now!, p. 137, New York, NY: Little, Brown, and Company).
Energy drinks, soda pop, juice, and ice cream floats/shakes/malts all contain sugar or a sugar substitute. Besides an unhealthy bodily reaction to the sugar, it also adds many empty calories. Other sugary foods include many cereals, canned fruit, yogurt, candy, cookies, and other snacks. Many condiments, including ketchup, barbecue sauce, and salad dressing also contain large amounts of sugar.
When shopping, to avoid sugar, look for fresh fruits and vegetables, as much as possible. Healthier types of cereal are most often found on the top shelf. Some stores offer a health food section. Some of these products contain little or no sugar. Others contain natural forms of sugar, rather than processed sugars. Processed foods, of any kind, generally contain some form of sugar. It is best to limit these foods, or omit them completely.
Genesis 1: 29 says, “God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food,'” (The New Revised Standard Version Bible, 1989, New York, NY: American Bible Society). God provides healthy, natural food. Processed food comes from large corporations that have little concern for the consumer’s health. To lead a healthier life, seek ways to limit, or totally eliminate, the amount of sugar consumed in each meal. Some noticeable, positive, changes should come about in a short amount of time.