In February 2013, the world’s leading scientific research journal “Nature” published an interesting paper called “The Toxic Truth about Sugar”.
Throughout their work, researchers found that sugar is equally as harmful as tobacco and alcohol. This potential for harm is largely due to the intake of polysaccharides, which can cause diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease. Over consumption of sugar plays a role in almost 35 million deaths every year in the world, largely caused by chronic diseases.
British nutritionist John Yudkin pointed out that sugar can also cause metabolic syndrome. Additionally, he pointed out the causal relationship about sugar damage: intake of sugar→triggering insulin resistance→metabolic syndrome fat→ suffering from diabetes→and possible death, if untreated
The latest World Health Organisation guidelines say: “Adults and children should reduce their daily sugar intake to less than 10%, and further down to 5% or about 25 grams per day (6 teaspoons). There will be more health benefits.”
Let’s take a look at the sugar content of various common beverages: a bottle of cola (600ml) 63g, Powerade drink (500ml) 60g, sports drink mineral water special 33g. Which means, drink one bottle of these drinks is reaching the limit of sugar intake.
To reduce the intake of sugary drinks and help curb obesity rates and chronic health problems, some cities in the United States have begun to impose a “sugary drinks tax”, similar to the one on tobacco.
In some countries, the tax ratio is quite shocking – with, Mexico being a typical example.
The country’s chronic disease death rate due to high-sugar drinks ranks is number one in the world. In a country well-known for a prevalent drug problem, it’s jarring to read that maybe drugs aren’t the most dangerous thing citizens are ingesting. Studies show that chronic disease-often caused by a poor diet- accounts for twice as many deaths as cocaine. For this reason, Mexico has implemented to 10% tax on all sodas sold.
The Australian Health Survey found out Australians were consuming an average of 60g of sugar every day which equals 14 teaspoons of white sugar. The Federal government is planning to introduce a sugar tax to solve Australia’s obesity problem.
You must admit that if you like to eat sweets, you can’t easily quit it. The main reason that soft drinks are so appealing is due to the high sugar content, which is responsible for much of the flavor. The sugar is also the carbohydrate in the ingredient list. This will explain why you think some food is not sweet, but the sugar content is not low.
And when we are addicted to sugar, chronic disease isn’t the only possible health effect: a large amount of sugar can affect people’s cognitive ability, aggravate anxiety and emotional disorders, affect some activities of hormones in the body, and affect the immune system, which leads to chronic inflammation.
Dr. Pelchat of Molars Chemical Sensory Center also said: “It is possible to confirm sugar addiction through animal studies. After sugar addiction, the change in dopamine in the brain is the same as drug addiction.”
Are you addicted to sugar?
People who have a sugar addiction have a physiological dependence on sugar. The withdrawal symptoms will occur after stopping eating sugar. Which means when you don’t eat sweets, don’t drink, or even eat refined staple foods such as rice noodles, you will feel weak or even dizzy.
Seeing this, I believe many people(including me) will ask: “Does that mean I can’t eat sugar in my life? There will be no fun in my life?”
My suggestion is: Occasionally eat a favorite dessert, don’t let sugar affect your life, and enjoy a healthy, balanced diet. However, if you eat more, make sure it is under 25g or less per day. Eat too much without control, and you may have to sacrifice your health to pay for it. Eat the favorite sweet occasionally, don’t let sugar affect your life. (I definitely need to quit one can of coke per day.) In our life, we have to make choices constantly, and choices also determine the future of life. The government and doctors can’t force us to buy what kind of snacks, what kind of lunch to eat, and the decision is in our own hands.