What Is Processed Sugar?
Dictionary.com defines process (v.) as to treat or prepare by some particular process, as in manufacturing. Therefore, processed sugar is pure cane sugar that has been treated or prepared by some particular process. My next questions become; what treatment, how is it prepared, in what particular process and where does this all take place?
The first question lead me to a wonderful article on wholevegan.com which offers a complete section on how white and brown sugar are processed. This article brought a whole new understanding to just how lethal processed sugar is for our bodies. In fact there are several chemicals, polyvinyl alcohol and sytrene, that are known to be lethal to the human body. Sodium Hydroxide is used to make soap and is also known to be lethal to the human body.
Sugar Knowledge International SKIL, under the heading Evaporation explains, “the factory can clean up the juice
quite easily with slaked lime (a relative of chalk). I then decided to look-up slaked lime and discovered that this is used primarily to make mortars, plasters and cements. The images that are racing through my mind right now are just not pretty; the chemicals that are used in preparing processed sugar are also used to make cement? I can only imagine what my organs and arteries look like after consuming a lifetime of cement making chemicals. This is not a good thought and leaves me wondering if I want to continue in my research or begin walking like Forrest Gump and pray that this will be enough to combat the damage I have already caused by my past sugar consumption.
I referred back to the article on wholevegan.com, wherein the article explains that Bentonite is used in this process to strip the sugar of any nutritious protein. At this point, 25% of the industry uses bone char, which is considered an agent of mad cow disease. The remaining 75% use activated carbon and according to WebMD can cause side effects that include slowing or blockage of the intestinal tract, regurgitation into the lungs, and dehydration.
“A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down?”
“A Spoonful Of Sugar,” a 1964 hit movie classic song from the forever popular movie, “Mary Poppins;” Helps The Medicine Go Down?
Seven years prior in 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin, regarding processed sugar, used the words “toxic”, and “poison” in definition, as “any substance which applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body which causes or may cause disease.” Dr. Martin explained that the results of the process of refined sugar leaves no nutritional value where mother nature provides vitamins with natural sugars in fruit and vegetables. Sugar beets or sugar cane unaltered is very healthy for the human body. However, the “empty” or “naked” calories that processed sugar ingests, actually “leaches” the body of essential natural minerals, such as sodium, potassium and magnesium that vegetables and sodium provide. Lastly, calcium (from the bones) are mobilized and used in chemical transmutation.”
Over time, pyruvic acid is spread throughout your brain and nervous system, along with other “abnormal sugars” in the blood stream. These “toxic metabolites” interfere with the cells respiration, cutting off oxygen, eventually killing the cells. This point marks the beginning of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
In other words, it might be a good idea to substitute natural fruit or honey to your oatmeal rather than a couple spoonfuls of sugar, or drink coffee black or with raw honey as sweetener.
Processed sugar is everywhere; in soft drinks, pastry, juices and breads. Demands on the medical profession thrive from cancers, heart, blood and liver diseases. Obesity is at historically epidemic levels because of the effect of the enormous amounts of processed sugar we consume. To add insult to injury, in 1982, the U.S. government signed legislation allowing a substance that has been since linked to causing cancer; high fructose corn syrup.
The government knew about this core cause of multiple diseases 57 years ago, yet hasn’t acted in the common interest of good health. The FDA needs to prioritize measures of prevention of disease by requiring changes in sugar processing that result in health coming from a healthy food, rather than diseases coming from a once healthy food. When a process is proven to be “toxic” or “poison” to the body and cause disease, by law, needs to be banned; no matter how much money sweetens the pot; public health before profit.
Unaltered sugar is healthy. Processed honey is similarly striped of its nutrients, like that of sugar. Raw honey
has nutrients that fight allergies and local raw honey, often found at ‘Farmer’s Markets’, is a healthy alternative to sweeten almost anything. Local honey provides important nutrients essential to your body affected by the climate you live in. Bee pollen has also been known to be a natural way to keep a sex drive healthy. Now that’s sweet!
What Do I Use As A Safe Alternative?
Be aware of your added sugar amounts. Evaluate the amount of processed sugar in everything you eat or snack on. Adjust your diet toward natural sweeteners or raw cane sugar. Substitute raw honey in your coffee, add bee pollen to your vitamin intake if not allergic and eat more fruits and vegetables. Most importantly, eat healthier.
There have been documented withdrawal symptoms that the medical profession takes as seriously as withdrawals from drugs and alcohol. Some of the withdrawal symptoms from processed sugar include:
- Bad breath
- Achy, flu-like feeling
- Itchy skin
- Offensive body odor
- Sleep difficulties (too much or too little)
The symptoms typically last for up to a week and have even been know to take up to four weeks, depending on your current sugar consumption. I have read articles that suggest a “cold turkey” approach and others that suggest a slow and gradual process. I believe that it ultimately comes down to what is best for you. I personally have to quit “cold turkey” or I will continue to yo-yo, only to find myself in the same spot a year later. I know many people that find a gradual process works best for them. Remember, “you are what you eat” and from what I have read and described above, I do not want to be toxic.