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Coping with the Holidays Part 2 – Sugar

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Following on the theme of alcohol we will talk about sugar. The sugar I am referring to is refined white sugar found conventional cookies, baked goods and related recipes. White sugar is a powerful substance the product of refining which strips the minerals from the original sugar cane. White sugar actually causes a deficit when consumed where as  most things we eat add to our nutrient profile. To learn more about the effects of refined white sugar check out a previous post 76 Reasons to Avoid White Sugar. 

But we all like a little sweetness in our life and what is the holiday season without a cookie or related treat? Baked or raw fruits with almond butter make a nice treat as does honey, cinnamon and tahini. There is always the low glycemic but satisfying coconut sugar which can be used in tea, coffee or baked goods.

With all that said some people can handle eating sugar just fine. If you are going to eat sugar it is safest eaten after or with a meal. This allows it to absorb slowly and cause less fluctuations in blood sugar levels, a major pitfall of sugar consumption. Eating it during or after a typical holiday meal may not be ideal from a food combining perspective, but that’s a another topic.

Besides blood sugar fluctuations another serious concern is sugars effect on our internal microbial balance. By microbial balance I am referring to our gut flora but it also relates to other microbes that call us home. Sugar consumption can be a big deal for those with microbial imbalances in the digestive tract (i.e: overgrowth of yeast, harmful bacteria, etc.). Sugar will exacerbate this complication as it feeds unfriendly bacteria and yeast, while also stirring up any viruses or parasites that may be present. If you know this is a problem for you or suspect it is  , a probiotic (or extra from what you normally take) may be needed for extra support.

Zebra Organics offers a variety of probiotic supplements, top among them is Dr. Friendlanders and Premier Research Labs. Using extra probiotics during the holiday season may be a wise choice regardless of sugar consumption because it offers support for our entire system. Supporting a healthy microbial balance in our bodies make us more resilient in the face of seasonal health challenges.

76 Reasons to Avoid Consuming Whtie Sugar

Here is a fun post full of great facts on why you should NOT consume refined white sugar. These scientifically documented reasons
to avoid sugar were originally written in a book by Nancy Appleton, PhD.,
titled Lick the Sugar Habit. 

Here at Zebra Organics we have many healthy natural alternative to white sugar.  

Of particular interest are Coconut Sugar and Stevia, Coconut sugar is a low glycemic index food, coming in at 35 points. And stevia comes in at 0 on the glycemic index. So if you are interested in transitioning away from white sugar consider Coconut sugar and/or stevia.






76 Reasons to AVOID consuming white sugar.

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

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The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener obtained from corn. Recently the corn industry has pushed to have high fructose corn syrup relabeled corn sugar. The attempts have failed and the attempt was made because people have a negative view of HFCS. And rightly so as HFCS can and does easily upset most people’s blood sugar levels. When our blood sugar becomes imbalanced we can feel irritable, lethargic, foggy, tired and unfocused. And in the long run this imbalance can lead to a host of health conditions such as diabetes. But there is another hidden danger to HFCS that most people are unaware of . . .

High Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

HFCS contains mercury at a rate of up to 0.570 micrograms per gram of syrup.*1  While the rate of 0.570 micrograms per gram may not seem like a lot. It is when you consider that most people consume 50 grams of HFCS a day. And, HFCS is ubiquitous, so you must read nutrition labels for everything because it is in foods you wouldn’t think. Now, you may be wondering why mercury is found in corn syrup. This is because in the processing of corn to HFCS mercury is involved. The threat of mercury toxicity is just one more reason to steer clear of this unhealthy sweetener. 

A Sweet Alternative to High Fructose Corn Syrup

Coconut Palm Flower Sugar

Delicately sweet,
with a hint of smoky caramel, this natural plant sugar is the perfect
substitute for white or brown sugar. Similar to the syrup tapped from
maple trees, coconut sugar begins by tapping the nectar from the
flower buds hanging from the heart of coconut trees. Palm sugar is traditionally hand-harvested in the canopy of Indonesian coconut groves where farmers have harvested the nectar from coconut palm trees for herbal medicine and food for centuries. Coconut sugar is unrefined and has a low glycemic index. 

 
Palm sugar is a healthy alternative sweetener
that has a lower glycemic index (GI35) than regular sugar (GI100).
Organic evaporated palm sugar is especially high potassium, magnesium
and zinc, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B6. This palm sugar is
unbleached, unfiltered and free of preservatives.

This delicate
unique sweetener is mild and smooth and perfect for your morning cup
of tea or as a recipe substitute for ordinary sugar.  
  

Learn More

Visit some of our previous posts regarding the health impacts of sugar:

And, most corn is genetically modified! Read about the French study on GM corn fed to rats. Shocking!

Closing Thoughts

We feel it is important to understand the ramifications of our food choices on our health and on the health of the planet. Growing corn requires a vast amount of resources including a staggering amount of water, fertilizer and land. And, if corn was not subsidized by the government corn and corn products would be priced out of the market. Another harrowing fact is most corn is genetically modified, which is just another reason to stay away from corn and corn products. Be well be wise and make good food choice that sustain you and the planet.

This piece was written and compiled for Zebra Organics by Mark D’Aquila, flower essence practitioner, www.essencealchemy.com

Is Sugar Toxic?

Is sugar toxic?  Well, that is for you to decide and based upon the recent news and what we already know, too much of the white stuff is not good for you. The nutritional value of sugar is paltry and considering the calories it adds and mineral and hormones used by the body to process sugar, you end up with a negative equation. Basically, it takes more for the body to process sugar than it adds to the body.

Sugar Alternatives


Stevia: This sugar alternative has gained in popularity since it was first introduced years ago, though is has been used for centuries by the natives of Paraguay. Europeans first learned about in the sixteenth century and today Stevia is used by millions of people all around the world.
NuNaturals NuStevia is a superior Stevia extract without the bitter taste that has been traditionally associated with Stevia. Through an all-natural process, the bitter-tasting components are removed. In addition, natural flavors further enhance the taste of the extract, providing you with the best-tasting Stevia products available. NuNaturals Stevia products will not raise blood sugar levels and therefore are safe for diabetics. Available in packets or in liquid.

Coconut Palm Sugar: This is a relatively new comer to the sugar alternative scene. It is a delicately sweet, natural plant sugar and the perfect substitute for white or brown sugar.  Coconut sugar begins by tapping the nectar from the flower buds hanging from the heart of coconut trees which is traditionally hand-harvested in the canopy of Indonesian coconut groves. Where farmers have harvested the nectar from coconut palm trees for herbal medicine and food for centuries. Coconut sugar is unrefined and has a low glycemic index


Agave:  is a natural sweetener extracted from the heart of the agave plant. It is produced at a low temperature and has a full sweet flavor with subtle molasses tones. Agave is a low glycemic sweetener, so it is slowly absorbed into the body preventing spikes in blood sugar. Currently we stock a wide variety of Agave products from the clear light agave to the darker richer more molasses like agave. We offer you a range for your health, our clear agave nectar is extra special. Visit our Agave page.

How to Use:
Many of the sugar alternatives listed above can be used like you would regular sugar. The three listed in this post are all very different from each other and offer a wide range of sweet choices. Coconut Palm Sugar is the closet to brown sugar and has that malty sweet taste. Agave is as sweet as sugar and depending on the variety you choose it can range from mild to malty, the clearer and lighter the agave the less malty it is.  And with stevia because it is so unique you will have to use your own taste to determine what level you will use it at.

And, once you get used to these alternatives you will be happy you did and you will never look back knowing that you are not sacrificing health for taste.
 

Coconut Palm Flower Sugar

Enlighten your sweet tooth with this delicious alternative to ordinary sugar: Coconut Sugar. 

Delicately sweet, with a hint of smoky caramel, this natural plant sugar is the perfect substitute for white or brown sugar. Similar to the syrup tapped from maple trees, coconut sugar begins by tapping the nectar from the flower buds hanging from the heart of coconut trees. Palm sugar is traditionally hand-harvested in the canopy of Indonesian coconut groves where farmers have harvested the nectar from coconut palm trees for herbal medicine and food for centuries. Coconut sugar is unrefined and has a low glycemic index. 

Essential Living Foods Palm sugar is a healthy alternative sweetener that has a lower glycemic index (GI35) than regular sugar (GI100). Organic evaporated palm sugar is especially high potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B6. This palm sugar is unbleached, unfiltered and free of preservatives.

This delicate unique sweetener is mild and smooth and perfect for your morning cup of tea or as a recipe substitute for ordinary sugar.