How do you know how much sugar is in something? Divide the grams on the label by four – this is the amount of teaspoons in it. Be prepared to be SHOCKED. The one thing to remember about added sugar is that it is nutritionally useless. We get plenty of fuel from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains. When we eat added sugar our bodies do not release the major appetite hormones that tell us we are full: cholecystokinin (CCK) and leptin. Instead it goes straight to our liver where it stays unless it is converted quickly into energy. If this does not happen then it is converted into fat. Sugar raises your small, dense LDL cholesterol levels (the bad cholesterol).
Added sugar is simply the most widely used drug in the world
For most people in the West, sugar is not only a regular part of their diet, but often the source of the most calories. The average adult is eating an almost unbelievable 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Even a small intake of sugar can lower the bacteria-fighting capabilities of white blood cells for up to five hours, leaving you vulnerable to immune system attack. Ever noticed the people who drink the most sugar-laden drinks are the ones that get sick the most? We know high-sugar diets have links to colon, rectum, breast, ovary, prostate, kidney, nervous system and pancreatic cancers. Way back in 1964, sugar intake was shown to raise the risk of coronary heart disease.
Modern food processing is again the culprit
Added sugar is great for all the large faceless corporations selling it as it is cheap, will store for years, creates sugar-addicts and can be added to almost every commercially-made food available. White sugar is usually filtered using animal bone char and then you remove the good molasses, leaving behind the processed, bleached and nutrient-depleted white sugar. Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) are chemicals that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and the ageing of your skin. The foods that produce the most AGEs are highly-processed, refined, high-sugar and high-animal-fat-rich foods that are grilled, baked or fried at high temperatures. This is what has a devastating effect on human health. Raw sugar cane is nothing like the cocaine-like white stuff we get served in the West. Raw sugar cane is actually a type of perennial grass and eaten raw, is quite healthy. It is a green colour, tastes very different (still good!) and is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and even living enzymes.
The first step towards gaining your health back and starting to reverse disease, illness and cellular damage, is simply to dramatically cut back on the amount of added-sugar-rich foods you eat. All sorts, all types.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.