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Sugar Or Artificial Sweeteners

The average American eats about 145 pounds of sugar per year. That is about 2-3 pounds a week, which is almost a half a pound a day. No one would purposely eat a half a pound of sugar a day, but it really does add up. There is a lot of sugar hidden in our foods that we don’t realize. That’s why it’s so important to read the labels. Sugar can have many names, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and many more.

Some experts classify sugar as a drug. Studies show that sugar is as habit forming as any narcotic. Sugar gives you a high, then you crash, just as you would when taking a drug. If you cut out all sugar today, your body would probably go through withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, depression, low energy, cravings and more.

In one 12 ounce can of soda, there are about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Think about that next time your little one says, “I’m thirsty”. Also, if you drink one can of soda, you need 32 ounces of pure water just to neutralize the acid that is formed in your body. Drink a cup of coffee, and you’ll need half as much water. Can you see why, if you drink a lot of these drinks, your body is not full of energy and vitality.

Our bodies were not made to handle processed sugar. In trying to eliminate it, vitamins and minerals are leached from the body. As you continue to eat more sugar, an acid state is created. When your body is in an acid state, you gain weight. Keep gaining weight, and body functions begin to get sluggish, thus creating ill health. The demands sugar makes on our bodies in trying to get rid of it are too great and insulin levels rise, the immune system weakens, calcium is leached from our bones and teeth, signs of aging such as wrinkles and gray hair speed up, depression and memory loss occur, and much, much more. Would you agree that sugar is poison?

So what do most people do? They switch to diet drinks and sugar free foods. That is a disastrous choice for your health. Artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar. They are not a food; they are chemicals. The diet food industry has played a sneaky little trick on us. They put artificial sweeteners in diet food items and drinks so that you think you will lose weight. Well, the artificial sweeteners are just as addictive as the real thing, they make you crave more, so you eat more. When you are addicted to a food, it makes it tough to lose weight. Stay away from diet foods and artificial sweeteners. It’s better to eat real sugar than chemical sugar.