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Is sugar worth the trouble of satisfying your taste buds?

I can’t imagine going back to the days when I needed a sugar fix – a doughnut, cookies, cake, and ice cream, whatever my heart desired. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

The average person eats 760 doughnuts a year, 60 pounds of cake and cookies, 23 gallons of ice cream, seven pounds of potato chips, 22 pounds of candy, 200 sticks of chewing gum, 365 servings of soda pop, 90 pounds of fat, and 134 pounds of refined white sugar, according to the book “The Wisdom and Healing Power of Whole Foods” by Dr. Patrick Quillin.

The information in Dr. Quillin’s book is startling. It brings to mind the amount of sugary treats that I’d consumed when I weighed my heaviest: nearly 300 lbs. Sugar was my best friend, my comforter. I thought it was the answer to my problems, but little did I know it was causing deeper problems for me inside and out. Sugar comes in so many forms, and at every turn I was seriously craving it.

I can’t imagine going back to the days when I needed a sugar fix – a doughnut, cookies, cake, and ice cream, whatever my heart desired. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you can’t put that doughnut down or stay away from delicious, creamy ice cream, but you’ll have to if you want to stay healthy.   

“When it comes to corn sugar or cane sugar, your body doesn’t know the difference. Sugar is sugar.” The line comes from a recent television commercial by the Corn Refiners Association touting the equality of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to cane sugar. A diabetic would know the difference, because his/her blood sugar will spiral out of control. Sugar may be sugar, but it’s very harmful to a diabetic.

HFCS is a highly processed sweetener that leads to obesity. A diabetic has to stay clear of sugar in any form. Leg amputations could result from consuming too much sugar. Sugar addiction is a legal drug that affects 285 million people worldwide.

According to Natural News.com, “Sugar is the broad spectrum term for sucrose, lactose and maltose, respectively. Sucrose is the form most commonly found in foods, or table sugar, a derivative of sugar beets or cane sugar. Fructose is derived from fruits, lactose from milk, and maltose from malted foods, such as barley.”

Sugar, which is refined sucrose, has been linked to at least 60 different common ailments, including diabetes and obesity. A new group of sugars has emerged in the form of artificial sweeteners: aspartame, Splenda, cane sugar, sugar alcohols, corn syrup.

If you want to live, you’d have to remove all the sugar out of your kitchen and give up sweet tea, too. I know it would be hard for you to do this, but guess what? You’ll have to try. I know because I had to do it myself to save my own life.

If you could reduce your blood sugar to a low of 85 and keep it under control, would you? I did. You can too. However, removing sugar from your diet involves more than simply passing up your favorite dessert. Cakes, cookies, pies and candy will most likely remain a staple on dinner tables and store shelves, but you’ll have to say no and stick by your decision.

Sugar is the ultimate naked carbohydrates; it is stripped of all nutritional value. Sugar comes in raw, white, brown and turbinado. A high sugar lifestyle raises your risk for infection because it provides a breeding ground for staph and yeast infections like bacteria, cancer, fungi, and candida. Sugar also destroys the ability of white blood cells to kill germs for up to five to six hours after consumption of the sugary stuff.

So, are there any healthy alternatives to sugar? Try dates, fruit, and stevia — in moderation, of course. Remember, just because you follow a sugar-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up all sweets. Remember, sugar is sugar, but a good diet and regular exercise can make a difference in your overall health.

So when you get ready to enjoy your favorite sweet treat, think about the consequences. Will it be worth the trouble of satisfying your taste buds?

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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