Refined Sugar History
For more than 2000 years, sugar has played a significant role throughout the evolution of human beings. From the East Indies, it was brought to the Europeans in the early 1100s. Before refinement process was perfected, sugar was valued like gold, and only afforded by the wealthy and affluent. It is stored inside a jewel-studded box similar to the boxes used to keep for valuable substances like opium.
Sugar immediately became known for its opiate-like effect, providing a momentary ‘high’ to those who take it. Refined sugar gives that similar addicting effect to other white powder drugs valued during that time. In France, sugar was labeled as ‘crack’ and was a very popular French delicacy during the 16th century. As expected, demand for sugar quickly rose and soon, it became influential to many European traders and it paved way to the increase in slave labor with the establishment of sugar plantations.
Indeed, sugar has a rich history, holding a legacy of secrecy, addiction, oppression, greed and slavery. With the impact and influence of sugar these days, I would vie that such legacy of suffering still continues up to the present.
Because of its highly addicting nature, sugar is added to most processed goods in the US to increase sales. And the cycle of addiction to slavery continues – a prevalent slavery to sweets so to speak, which are commercially manufactured out of greed. These overly sweetened products can wreak havoc on the public health by numbing our senses and ruining our vitality.
Effects of Excessive Sugar
Most certainly you are well aware about the effect of excessive sugar in our bodies. Aside from being one of the leading factors of obesity, it can give you that ‘charged-up’ feeling and then followed by a sudden ‘crash’ in energy level. This can affect your mood stability, brain chemistry and immune system. The significant fluctuations of energy that sugar does in your system can leave you feeling tired and depleted. In some cases, you may suffer from mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, nervousness.
Over time, the body will show signs of stress and exhaustion as it attempts to adjust with the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of insulin. Long-term high levels of insulin also have a negative impact on the release of growth hormones, and the immune system. Furthermore, overconsumption of sugar increases the release of dopamine, the brain neurotransmitter responsible for memory, energy and focus. Taking too much sugar can overwhelm the body, robbing out the needed enzymes and thereby, affecting proper digestion and metabolism. This can lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, especially the Vitamin B-complex that regulates our energy metabolism and nervous system.
While not an illicit drug, sugar is as destructive as these substances, maybe even more, because it is immensely widespread. Most people are keen to reduce its destructive nature but still continue taking it in excess. Sugar is apparently unregulated and it goes about affecting our health in several different ways. So think about its destructive nature when you feel the sugar crave.