Toxicity is a very broad subject and discussing every cause of toxicity in depth may be overwhelming for you; but, one of the many causes that deserve to be examined is sugar. Now, sugar is not a harmful substance but rather, a healthy part of our diet. It is delicious. And, the sweet flavor of sugar brings energy, boosts our senses and sometimes, even calms our emotions.
The sweet taste of sugar can be divided into three categories.
1. Full sweet – this is the flavor found in vegetables, seeds and nuts. It is strengthening and tonifying.
2. Empty sweet – this is mostly found in fruits and a few natural sweeteners. It has a cooling and cleansing effect.
3. Fractured sweet – this is often found in most artificial sweetener and refined sugars. It may give an irritable, scattered or nervous energy.
The sweet taste is considered as the most abundant flavor among various food sources. In fact, breast milk, the first and primary food source, is actually extremely sweet. The area of taste buds located on both sides of the tongue is specifically stimulated by the sweet flavor. On top of that, it covers the largest area of your taste buds. The active form of sugar in our body, the glucose, is the main energy source of the brain. In addition, natural sweet foods can have a strengthening and moisturizing effect on your tissues.
If you are feeling lightheadedness, it could be a sign of low blood sugar level. In every activity we do, our body is fuelled by sugar for energy in order to sustain and complete our everyday activity. When we take more sugar than what’s needed, the excess is stored in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. Once our sugar storage capacity is overloaded, the excess sugar will be stored in our fatty parts because it is a convenient storage for long-term use.
When we take too much sugar, the body becomes a storage facility but this is where most problem starts. When we take too much sweet foods, we feel thirsty, weak and congested. Our immune system is weakened and we feel dehydrated. Based on traditional Chinese medicine, too much intake of sweets is believed to be damaging to the kidneys. It can also weaken the bones and cause obesity.
Sugar Consumption in Australia
Sugar consumption and addiction for the past decades in Australia has led to immense effect on the mental and physical health of the country. Although we need it, we should only consume a tiny fraction of what an average Australian takes today.
If you are taking about 2 to 3 pounds of sugar every week, that is nearly 61 kilos in a year. Twenty years ago, the average sugar intake was only 26 pounds a year. More so, one hundred years ago, it was only 2 kilos a year. It is not surprising to know that cancer and cardiovascular diseases were non-existent during those times.
Why are We Eating Enormous Amounts of Sugar Nowadays?
Apparently, it is not that hard to because sugar is virtually in almost every food we see in the grocery stores and in the foods and beverages served in restaurants. Sugar and artificial sweetener are already in every single food we take and they are in astounding amounts. Take it for instance, one can of soft drink contains 40 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to 14 teaspoons. What’s amazing is that it is found in some foods you wouldn’t expect such as cereals, breads, sauces, salad dressings and frozen goods – and surprising, they contain high amounts of sugar too.
Thus, our taste buds become accustomed to how everything tastes. The foods we ate today are super sweetened. For this reason, any food we eat becomes tasteless and bland without it. Furthermore, unlike unrefined sugar, refined forms are broken down by our body quite differently due to its little mineral content.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of refinement process is that it makes sugar even sweeter. Artificial sweetener offers no useful benefit to the body but to just over-stimulate the brain, disrupting the normal brain activity.
Of course, it is perfectly normal to crave for sweets. Of all the five types of tastes that our taste buds can distinguish, sugar is by far the most detectable. Nowadays, our sugar receptors are overly stimulated that you will crave for more sugar just to be satisfied. In fact, sugar can be like an addicting drug.