Read Proverbs 24:13; 25:16,27 "Eat honey, my son, for it is good,and honeycomb is sweet to your taste." Proverbs 24:13
Americans eat their weight in sugar each year....150 lbs/yr; 2-3 lbs/week; 22-34 tsps/day. This is 2x recommended daily allowance. In the past 20 years are annual sugar consumption per person has dramatically jumps from 26 lbs to 135lbs. This amount is not surprising when we consider the many forms of highly refined sugars in our diet. Sugar includes glucose, fructose ( as in fruit sugar), lactose (as in milk), sucrose (table sugar), malts (yes, honey), jam, maple syrup, corn syrup, brown sugar and even alcohol. All of these sugars result in harmful effects on our bodies when consumed in excess.
Sugar temporarily gives a person a boost because it stimulates the adrenal glands, which causes the pancreas to secret insulin. Then the blood sugar drops too low so the liver has to convert its stored glycerine into glucose. When these reserves are all used up, the body needs another dose of sugar...thus we create a vicious cycle. You may have heard the term, the "glycemic index". This is a measure of how a given food affects blood-glucose levels, with each food being assigned a numbered rating. The lower the rating, the slower the absorption and digestive process, which provides a more gradual, healthier infusion of sugars into the bloodstream. On the contrary, a higher rating means that blood-glucose levels are increased quickly, stimulating the pancreas to secrete insulin which drops blood-sugar levels. Rapid fluctuations of this kind are not healthy because of the stress they place on the body.
There are so many ways that sugar reeks havoc on our bodies. Flooding our bodies with simple sugars has been shown to aggravate asthma, muster mental illness and migraines, nourish nervous disorders, deliver diabetes, hurry heart disease, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension and add arthritis. It can suppress our immune system; elevate lipids, increase risk of cancer, promote tooth decay, advance aging and lead to obesity.
Despite the bad news, we all need some sweetness in our life. We need six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent(dry & light as found in popcorn), and pungent(hot & spicy as found in a chili pepper) to stimulate the taste buds during a meal in order to experience satiety. We do not need to give up the sweetness of sugar in order to be healthy; we just need to replace it with better alternatives. Some natural substitutes are raw, unprocessed honey, agave nectar, organic sugar, evaporated cane juice and the calorie-free Stevia and low-calorie Xylitol.
Limit sweets to only occasionally, in small amounts and only with a meal. Leave room for dessert--don't MAKE room for it.
Artificial sweeteners may not help weight control at all since some scientific evidence suggests that it stimulates fat storage just the same as "real" sugar.