Surely sugar can’t be called a drug, can it? Well, it may not be as powerful as other illegal hard line drugs but it ticks all the boxes that stack ever more evidence against it.
Before we go any further, let’s look at the four main characteristics that are associated with drugs and other addictive substances:
- Binging - when you consume, inhale or ingest a substance, it makes you feel so good that you want to have more of it.
- Withdrawal - like the opposite of bingeing, when you stop taking the substance or can’t have it, you feel worse than normal.
- Craving - when you don’t have the substance or aren’t getting enough of it, you want it more and will be willing to do more in order to get it.
- Desensitization - once you have become addicted to the substance, the less sensitive you become to its effects, meaning you need more of it to get the desired effects.
Think carefully about the four above-mentioned characteristics, they sure do describe sugar’s effects on the general population. Now let’s look at sugar in more detail.
Did you know that refined sugar (sucrose being its true name) is very similar to cocaine?
Besides both substances being white and almost powder-like in texture, their only real difference lies in their potency and the missing nitrogen atom (N) in sugar’s chemical formula. The chemical formula for sugar is C12H22O11 while the formula for cocaine is C17H21NO4. Both substances are pure chemicals extracted from plant sources...although believe it or not, sugar is in fact purer than cocaine.
Refined sugar, sourced from sugar cane or sugar beets, is made through heating, chemical and mechanical processes that remove all the vitamins, proteins, fats, enzymes and minerals from the plant until the only thing that’s left is sugar.
During the refining process as many as 64 food elements are destroyed...leaving a substance that has no nutrients at all but is still packed with empty calories.
Consequently, refined sugar causes the body to deplete its own stores of various vitamins, minerals and enzymes. As more sugar is consumed, an over-acid condition results and more minerals are needed from deep within the body’s reserves to correct the imbalance.
If the body lacks the right nutrients required to metabolize sugar, it won’t be able to optimally manage and remove poisonous residues... ultimately accelerating cellular death and carbonic poisoning.
How Much Sugar Do We Actually Consume?
Well, it’s the stuff of nightmares! Take 1997 for example, in this year alone, Americans devoured over 3 billion kilograms of candy, spending an estimated $23.1 billion dollars on these so called treats. This is the equivalent of the average American eating six regular-sized chocolate bars a week.
Processed foods - which are laced with sugar - have contributed to dental bills in excess of $54 billion. In fact, each year, the average person consumes his/her weight in sugar if not more!
The human body cannot handle this massive amount of refined sugar. Diabetes is a clear example of this. A concentrated amount of sugar introduced into the system sends the body into shock from the rapid rise in the blood sugar level. Eventually, the pancreas becomes overworked and the onset of diabetes occurs.
Sugar has even been observed to cross-link proteins, leading to increased skin folds, fine lines and wrinkles as well as general aging of our largest vital organ, the skin.
Even a small amount of sugar can play a huge part in the brain development of a child. Soda pops and soft drinks are literally saturated in sugar and are often linked to the growing number of children who have ADD, ADHD and other learning disorders.
Try to reduce your intake of sugar and encourage others to do the same. It slowly destroys the body from the inside out and because it so widely used, it’s often overlooked as one of the leading causes of degenerative diseases.
It really is a drug and must be treated with the same caution as other illegal substances.
So start weaning yourself and your loved ones off sugar today, it may just save your life.