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How harmful is regular table sugar?

Harmful sugars

An outstanding authority on the dangers of the sugar succrose is Nancy
Appleton, PhD, and author of a number of books including Lick The
Sugar Habit. Dr. Appleton is one of the leading crusaders about how
sugar can damage your health.

In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a
number of other significant consequences.

Dr. Appleton, in a Gatlin-gun approach, lists some of sugar's metabolic
consequences from a large number of medical journals and other scientific
publications which are carefully referenced at the end of the book. All sugars are
not bad, some are good; and indeed, there are royal sugars as I will discuss.

In April 1998, I wrote a paper Good Sugars vs. Bad Sugars. Quote from paper:
“Bad sugars may contribute to heart disease, cancer, stroke, bronchitis,
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ADD, ADHD, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.

The following statements are supported by over 200 references from publications
and published papers. (See Glossary of Expand Your Mind - Improve Your
Brain) for references and supporting evidence.

Harmful sugars:

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
  3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and
    crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial
    infection (infectious diseases)
  6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more
    sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
  7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
  8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
  9. Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.
  10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
  11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  13. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  14. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine,
    serotonin, and norepinephrine
    .
  15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
  17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
  18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel
    disease.
  19. Sugar can cause premature aging.
  20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
  22. Sugar contributes to obesity.
  23. Sugar intake levels that are high increases the risk of Crohn's
    disease
    , and ulcerative colitis.
  24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in persons with gastric
    or duodenal ulcers.
  25. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  26. Sugar can cause or be a factor in asthma.
  27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans
    (yeast infections).
  28. Sugar can cause gallstones.
  29. Sugar can cause heart disease.
  30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  31. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
  32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  33. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral
    contraceptive users.
  35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  37. Sugar contributes to salivary acidity.
  38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  39. Sugar can lower the amount of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) in the
    blood.
  40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  41. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.
  43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  44. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products
    (AGEs) (sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)
  45. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
  46. Sugar causes food allergies.
  47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  51. Sugar can affect the function of DNA (alter gene expression).
  52. Sugar can change the structure of protein.
  53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of
    collagen
    .
  54. Sugar can cause cataracts.
  55. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins
    (LDL)
    .
  58. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of
    many systems in the body.
  59. Sugar lowers the ability of certain enzymes to function properly.
  60. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  61. Sugar can cause a permanent alteration in the way certain proteins
    act in the body.
  62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
  63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
  64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in
    the kidney.
  65. Sugar can damage the pancreas.
  66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
  67. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.
  68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
  69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  70. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.
  72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.
  73. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause
    learning disorders.
  74. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain
    waves
    .
  75. Sugar can cause depression.
  76. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.
  77. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
  78. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
  79. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose
    tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
  80. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming
    high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
  81. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity.
  82. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of albumin and
    lipoproteins
    , which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and
    cholesterol
    .
  83. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  84. Sugar can increase platelet adhesiveness.
  85. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become
    underactive and others become overactive.
  86. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  87. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a
    large variety of stimuli.
  88. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  89. Diets high in sugar can cause increased production of free radicals
    and oxidative stress.
  90. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease
    significantly increase platelet adhesion.
  91. High-sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.
  92. Sugar feeds cancer.
  93. High-sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with
    a two-fold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestationalage
    (SGA) infant
    .
  94. High-sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in
    gestation
    duration among adolescents.
  95. Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
  96. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and
    bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce
    cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
  97. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally
    occurring estrogen) in men.
  98. Sugar combines and destroys alkaline phosphatase, an enzyme,
    which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
  99. Sugar can be a risk factor for gallbladder cancer.
  100. Sugar is an addictive substance.
  101. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  102. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
  103. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon
    dioxide
    they produce.
  104. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
  105. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the
    bloodstream
    than it does starch.
  106. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in
    obese
    subjects.
  107. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit
    hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  108. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
  109. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to
    function
    .
  110. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic
    processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic
    degenerative diseases
    .
  111. Intravenous feedings of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the
    brain
    .
  112. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung
    cancer
    .
  113. Sugar increases the risk of polio.
  114. High-sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  115. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
  116. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.
  117. Sugar may induce cell death.
  118. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat (craving).
  119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low
    sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.
  120. Sugar can lead to prostate cancer.
  121. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
  122. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men.
  123. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.
  124. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse
    outcome of schizophrenia.
  125. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.
  126. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.
  127. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.
  128. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.
  129. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
  130. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.
  131. As sugar increases in the diet of 10 year-olds, there is a linear
    210
    . (See Glossary.)
  132. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for
    sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.
    (addiction)
  133. Sugar causes constipation.
  134. Sugar can cause brain impairment in prediabetic and diabetic
    women.
  135. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
  136. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
  137. Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects
    in embryos
    .
  138. The higher the sugar consumption, the more chances of getting
    irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  139. Sugar could affect central reward systems.
  140. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.
  141. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.
  142. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.
  143. Sugar can cause liver tumors.
  144. The more soft drinks, fruit juice and sugary snacks a person eats,
    the lower the high density lipoproteins (HDL)
  145. Sugar consumption can cause myocardial infarction
We should rate the approximately
200± sugars found in nature
according to each sugar’s health
benefit(s) or harmfulness.

Not enough bad news? New reports indicate that high fructose corn syrup is proving to be worse and is compounding the obesity epidemic.

Last Updated ( Jul 21, 2008 at 09:24 AM )