Sugar, a sweet tooth at what cost?
There are some hidden truths behind the West’s love affair with cane sugar and sugar by products.
Sugar is widely available in Western countries and everyone loves a little sugary treat we all associate sweet things with special comfort moments: a piece of chocolate, a nice biscuit and coffee, a fizzy drink, ice cream, hot chocolate, chewing gum, breakfast cereals, jams, one lump or two in a nice cup of tea, and then what about all the hidden sugar in so called ‘savoury’ food, and fast food, products?
It’s hard to get away from it isn’t it? Millions of pounds a year are spent on advertising different kinds of sugar based products, and why not? sweet things are a multi billion pound industry which the human race laps up. But also many of us ingest (probably unwittingly) several spoons of sugar, on top of the sugar we already knew we were eating, when it is ’hidden’ in so called ‘ savoury’ food products.
But what’s the particular problem with this? Yes we know it rots your teeth and it doesn’t help when you are trying to control your weight, but it doesn’t kill us does it?
Or does it ?, shockingly the publication ‘Psychology today’ makes a link with excessive sugar intake and an increased risk of both severe depression and even schizophrenia.
It seems sugar can increase inflammation in the entire body which can be the link with many chronic illnesses, this inflammation can also eventually lead to brain damage, affecting mental stability which as a consequence may also lead to both severe depression and even full on psychotic breakdown.
Many ordinary people who struggle with daily moods swings both high and low, or prolonged periods of depression could be suffering because of a chronic disruption in their blood sugar levels, due to a diet with too many sugar based or sugar forming products in it. Unfortunately this can then lead to a self perpetuating problem, a dose of sugar creates a temporary high and an immediate feeling of well-being but that artificial high then soon leads to a crash which leaves the blood sugar levels depleted again, the body will then crave more sugar to lift the mood and elevate the blood sugar and the high low cycle goes on, eventually leading to burnout and exhaustion, again requiring a sugar lift to bring the body and mind up and out of this state of exhaustion.
If this cycle continues for years we run a risk of developing all sorts of problems as a result including mental health problems, but also physical ones like; diabetes, adrenal burnout, some researchers are now even linking the exponential increase in cancer in the 21st century as one of the consequences of excess of sugar in our modern diets.
Food for thought? Perhaps we all need to look at the amount of sugar we allow into our daily diets when we think about how many ways it could be affecting our long term health.