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Contributed by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D

Author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit

In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

1.

Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.1,2

2.

Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. 3,4,5,6

3.

Sugar can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.7,8

4.

Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.9,10,11,12

5.

Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.13

6.

Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.14,15,16,17,18,19,20

7.

Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.21,22

8.

Sugar can weaken eyesight.23

9.

Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.24,25,26,27,28

10.

Sugar can cause premature aging.29

11.

Sugar can lead to alcoholism.30

12.

Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.31,32,33

13.

Sugar contributes to obesity.34

14.

Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis.35,36,37

15.

Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)38

16.

Sugar can cause gallstones.39

17.

Sugar can cause appendicitis.40

18.

Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.41

19.

Sugar can cause varicose veins.42

20.

Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.43

21.

Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.44

22.

Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.45,46,47

23.

Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.48

24.

Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.49

25.

Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.50

26.

High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar molecules attaching to and thereby damaging proteins in the body).51

27.

Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.52

28.

Sugar causes food allergies.53

29.

Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.54

30.

Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.55

31.

Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.56,57

32.

Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.58

33.

Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.59,60

34.

Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.61

35.

Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.62,63

36.

Sugar can cause emphysema.64

37.

High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.65

38.

Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.66

39.

Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.67

40.

Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.68,69

41.

Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.70,71

42.

Sugar can damage your pancreas.72

43.

Sugar can increase your body's fluid retention.73

44.

Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.74

45.

Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.75

46.

Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.76

47.

Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.77

48.

Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders.78,79

49.

Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind’s ability to think clearly.80

50.

Sugar can cause depression.81

51.

Sugar can increase your risk of gout.82

52.

Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.83

53.

Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.84,85,86,87

54.

Sugar can lead to dizziness.88

55.

Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.89

56.

High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.90

57.

High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.91,92

58.

Sugar is an addictive substance.93

59.

Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.94

60.

Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.95

61.

Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.96

62.

Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.97

63.

The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.98

64.

Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).99

65.

Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.100

66.

Sugar can slow down the ability of your adrenal glands to function.101

67.

Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.102

68.

I.V.s (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.103

69.

Sugar increases your risk of polio.104

70.

High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.105

71.

Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.106

72.

In intensive care units: Limiting sugar saves lives.107

73.

Sugar may induce cell death.108

74.

In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.109

75.

Sugar dehydrates newborns.110

76.

Sugar can cause gum disease.111

http://www.yoga.org.nz/nutritional_informa...gar-dangers.htm

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Contributed by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D

Author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit

In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

  1.

      Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.1,2

  2.

      Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. 3,4,5,6

  3.

      Sugar can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.7,8

  4.

      Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.9,10,11,12

  5.

      Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.13

  6.

      Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.14,15,16,17,18,19,20

  7.

      Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.21,22

  8.

      Sugar can weaken eyesight.23

  9.

      Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.24,25,26,27,28

  10.

      Sugar can cause premature aging.29

  11.

      Sugar can lead to alcoholism.30

  12.

      Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.31,32,33

  13.

      Sugar contributes to obesity.34

  14.

      Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis.35,36,37

  15.

      Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)38

  16.

      Sugar can cause gallstones.39

  17.

      Sugar can cause appendicitis.40

  18.

      Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.41

  19.

      Sugar can cause varicose veins.42

  20.

      Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.43

  21.

      Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.44

  22.

      Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.45,46,47

  23.

      Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.48

  24.

      Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.49

  25.

      Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.50

  26.

      High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar molecules attaching to and thereby damaging proteins in the body).51

  27.

      Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.52

  28.

      Sugar causes food allergies.53

  29.

      Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.54

  30.

      Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.55

  31.

      Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.56,57

  32.

      Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.58

  33.

      Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.59,60

  34.

      Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.61

  35.

      Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.62,63

  36.

      Sugar can cause emphysema.64

  37.

      High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.65

  38.

      Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.66

  39.

      Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.67

  40.

      Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.68,69

  41.

      Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.70,71

  42.

      Sugar can damage your pancreas.72

  43.

      Sugar can increase your body's fluid retention.73

  44.

      Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.74

  45.

      Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.75

  46.

      Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.76

  47.

      Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.77

  48.

      Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders.78,79

  49.

      Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind’s ability to think clearly.80

  50.

      Sugar can cause depression.81

  51.

      Sugar can increase your risk of gout.82

  52.

      Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.83

  53.

      Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.84,85,86,87

  54.

      Sugar can lead to dizziness.88

  55.

      Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.89

  56.

      High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.90

  57.

      High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.91,92

  58.

      Sugar is an addictive substance.93

  59.

      Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.94

  60.

      Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.95

  61.

      Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.96

  62.

      Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.97

  63.

      The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.98

  64.

      Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).99

  65.

      Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.100

  66.

      Sugar can slow down the ability of your adrenal glands to function.101

  67.

      Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.102

  68.

      I.V.s (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.103

  69.

      Sugar increases your risk of polio.104

  70.

      High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.105

  71.

      Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.106

  72.

      In intensive care units: Limiting sugar saves lives.107

  73.

      Sugar may induce cell death.108

  74.

      In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.109

  75.

      Sugar dehydrates newborns.110

  76.

      Sugar can cause gum disease.111

http://www.yoga.org.nz/nutritional_informa...gar-dangers.htm

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Now just give me one reason why I should care...Seriously sugar is NOT bad for you, your body needs it. It all has to do with moderation people.

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Not that I really care since I don't eat junk food, but what about suger that naturally comes from fruits?

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Yeah, exactly.. the post is too long and quoting it just makes everything even longer...

Anyways, thanks for the info wink.gif

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Ok, I do not want to get in arguments on this but I feel compelled to leave my personal experience on this particular post. In my opinion, sugar does effect acne if your acne is hormonal and sugar impairs wound healing. A lot of people cannot eat sugar because it causes acne. Sugar effects your hormone levels thus causing acne. In some cases, if you have acne you may as well thank your body for telling you something is wrong.

My whole life I have been able to eat sugar and anything I wanted without any acne triggers until recently. I have been close to clear for years, just superficial acne and nothing to worry about (although I still worried about it at the time) However, recently my acne has become severe/hormonal. I went to many many doctors. The first doctor I visited took a look at my face and actually told me didn't think there was anything he could do for me except drain my cysts while I was there. He even told me that he felt really sorry for me (he and his assistant looked at my face in horror as though I was deformed) He told me that someone my age shouldn't be going through this (I am 27, in a few days) Funny, he was a dermatologist...Why wouldn't he have any idea that people who are "not in their teenage years" have severe acne? He gave me some antibiotics, sent me on my way and wished me luck. Thank god I didn't give up on finding a good doctor because I finally found a FANTASTIC doctor that was able to spend the time with me through my trial and error. He suggested that the food I am eating may be triggering my acne....Such as fried food, dairy and anything with sugar. I went on to get my blood tests and it was true in my case. He put me on some hormone medications to regulate my hormones and a high protein, low carb diet with no dairy, sugar or fried foods. If I eat any of those foods it triggers a cystic breakout, even though I am on hormone meds too. I still have some superficial acne but that is an extreme turn around as opposed to my severe cystic acne I was getting just a few months ago. My point here is that everyone is different. Some people may not be getting acne due to hormone related acne triggers and some may. I just want to say thank you for this post as I know it was simply meant to help us. I feel it's very valuable information.

BTW, if anyone is thinking of getting hormone blood tests it is very hard to get accurate blood testing in the US in my opinion. In the US my hormones are just a tiny bit abnormal (due to my thyroid) but in Mexico and I had severe hormonal imbalance (you MUST be refereed a lab or doctor in Mexico) The reason being, the US does not do thorough blood testing like Mexico does. My doctor was American but has an office in Mexico because he doesn't believe in American medicine and laws. I don't blame him.

Anyway..here is a little bit of leo's info that I truly agree with....

Excess sugar and excess refined starch that “overflows� your system capacity

Here's why excess sugars and refined starches trigger an acne breakout…

When you ingest anything that spikes your blood sugars your body must do what is necessary to lower blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can actually be lethal as any diabetic will tell you.

To lower blood sugars as fast as possible your body expels a surge of androgenic hormones into your blood (insulin as well as a cascade of other androgenic hormones). This forces the blood sugar into your cells and lowers your blood sugar.

But the end result is your system literally gets flooded with a surge of androgenic hormones all at once. Normally this would be o.k. Your liver would simply deactivate the excess and expel them from your system.

The problem with acne sufferers is this ability to deactivate and expel hormones is drastically impaired. Hormones overwhelm your system capacity. And as end result…

Androgenic hormone levels spike triggering an acne breakout

So until you fix this problem you've got to keep blood sugar levels from spiking. And the best way to do that is to keep simple sugars and refined starches to a minimum.

That means I would suggest you avoid processed sugar or a least keep it to a bare bones minimum.

Process sugars are like throwing gasoline on a fire. They “burn� much too rapidly and spike blood sugars violently.

And while natural sugars from honey, maple syrup, and fruit are far healthier, they can cause the same problems in excess…

So with that in mind here are a few guidelines for natural sugars…

- Avoid all fruit juices. They spike the blood sugars too violently because they have no fiber in them to buffer the sugar absorption.

- A little fruit is o.k. because the fiber in the fruit slows the absorption of the natural sugars in the fruit. As a result blood sugar levels are not spiked as violently. But keep it to 1 or 2 small pieces a day…no more. Avoid the highest concentrated sugar fruits like bananas (not more then ½ a banana at a time).

- Honey is a highly nutritious food; however it is highly concentrated in sugar. Ingest no more then 1 tablespoon a day. Use the raw, unheated honey (you may have to pick it up at the health food store). When the honey is heated it causes the natural sugars in it to breakdown, causing them to enter your blood stream much faster… The same guidelines apply to maple syrup.

- Avoid all artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet, aspartame, sorbital, splenda…

These are all poisons and makers of them know it. Trust me on this one…you'll be seeing many class action lawsuits against the makers of these artificial sweeteners very soon.

What about starches?

Well, they can cause problems to. Here is what you need to know…

Processed starches spike blood sugar levels violently…

The more processed a starch is generally the faster that starch is converted to sugar and enters your blood stream.

So in general avoid white rice (use wild rice instead), white bleached flour products, and generally any grain that has had the natural bran and fiber stripped from it in processing.

Once the natural fibers are stripped from the grain it will tend to spike blood sugar levels much more violently. The natural fiber in the unrefined grain slows the rate at which it is converted to sugar and enters the blood stream.

Not only are these refined sugars and starches triggering your acne, but they are only causing you to become fat, and dramatically increasing your chances of heart disease and diabetes.

Whether you suffer from acne or not you will all do well to avoid them.

Lastly, avoid these “acne programs� that are advocating fasting on fruit or apples. As well meaning as they may be these programs could not be more flawed and misguided. They will cause a surge in blood sugar levels and CHRONIC yeast and fungus overgrowths in your system.

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theres nothing wrong with eating some sugar.. like the sugar in fruits.. sugar is a form of energy like carbs.. of course its bad when you eat too much.. just stay away from things like pop and u will be fine.

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Lisa, I could not agree with you more. I know that whenever I cut out sugar and white carbs from my diet, my acne improves DRAMATICALLY. Unfortunately, I have a weakness for sweets and I can never stay off of them for long. confused.gif

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I think the original post implicity referred to excess sugar, which is clearly a relative term to many people. I don't think many of those statements would apply to "reasonable" amounts of sugar; it was meant to draw attention to problems of getting too much.

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