Sugar Isn’t The Junk In Food!

DoNuts It isn’t sugar that’s the problem with ‘junk foods’. In fact sugar isn’t really the problem with any foods, not anywhere at all.

Yes, okay, it’s true that sugar can be part of the problem, under certain circumstances. But those circumstances aren’t created by sugar per se, but rather by factors that interfere with how sugar gets used. And the body does require other nutrients to help use sugar properly. In other words, you can’t just eat white sugar and nothing else, at least not for ever.

In the context of a diet which does provide enough nutrition other than sugar, sugar plays an important role in the fueling of metabolic function, assisting in immune system regulation, and protection against stress and inflammation. Sugar can therefore provide protection against degeneration and disease.

Sugar protects against stress and metabolic energy suppression, even when diet is not optimal. For example, by fueling digestive function, sugar can assist with the assimilation of important nutrients from foods being consumed, that might otherwise be more difficult to absorb, and which are necessary for more optimal metabolism.

By suppressing the stress substances (such as cortisol, adrenaline, serotonin, nitric oxide, lactic acid and estrogen), and by providing energy to increase thyroid metabolism, sugar helps to protect against issues caused by high stress and hypothyroidism, which get blamed on sugar. These include blood sugar dysregulation issues such as insulin resistance and hyperglycemia, associated with diabetes.

Lowering stress and improving thyroid function speeds up digestion, protecting against bacterial overgrowth issues, and limiting exposure to endotoxin. Bacterial endotoxin promotes blood sugar dysregulation and inflammation, which are regularly blamed on sugar consumption.

By lowering bacterial issues and improving digestive elimination, sugar also directly improves liver function, enabling detoxification and excretion of many substances, which would otherwise recirculate and promote inflammation, stress and metabolic interference. Estrogen dominance is a major cause of inflammatory disease, and can be more easily avoided when thyroid activity is good, and digestion and liver performance are not too suppressed.

Some foods can be so toxic, inflammatory and anti-metabolic, that they can prevent many of the benefits of sugar, and create conditions which turn sugar into part of the problem. Many of the so called high sugar foods, are filled with harmful ingredients that cause inflammatory issues, interfere with the use of sugar, and damage the ability of cells to function normally. Funnily enough, those ingredients tend to get ignored, and the sugar content gets highlighted. Some would say, not always by accident.

You know something is wrong when something called butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) can be found in an ingredients list, and the reason given is that it’s there to ‘protect the flavor’. And you know something is even more wrong, when people are more worried about the sugar in a food, than about something that sounds like it was created by NASA. What is the flavor being protected from anyway? Aliens?

The ‘sugar issues’ that can arise after regular consumption of ‘junk foods’ (many of which are sold as health foods) have little to do with anything particularly wrong with the makeup of white sugar. But they have everything to do with other ingredients consumed (like the polyunsaturated fats for instance), which can powerfully interfere with metabolic energy systems, which rely upon sugar as fuel for optimal energy provision.

The polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are an example of an ingredient found in lots of foods today, which damage metabolism, and interfere with the use of one of the main things which protect against metabolic damage and exposure to PUFAs, that is sugar. Sounds like a good recipe for a vicious circle to me. Taking sugar out of the mix may seem like a good idea, but logically, it will lead to everything getting worse.

These are some of the reasons why sugar isn’t the cause of sugar issues, and why the solution to problems with sugar is never just as simple as the removal of sugar.

If you like what I have to say, and you want more information (including lots of studies), showing ways that things other than sugar cause the things that get blamed on sugar, please check out some of my other articles, including ‘Metabolism Damaging Foods’. And please share this and sign the email list up top.

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Krispy Kreme Doughnut Ingredients Include:

Reduced Iron, Mononitrate, Vegetable shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil), Soy Flour, Dough Conditioners (calcium dioxide, monocalcium and dicalcium phosphate, diammonium phosphate, sodium stearoyl-2-lacrylate, whey, starch, ascorbic acid), Mono-and-diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides, Lecithin, Calcium Propionate (to retain freshness), Fungal Alpha Amylase, Pantosenase, BHT – Butylated hydroxytoluene (to protect the flavor of course), Agar, Locust Bean Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sorbitan Monostearate, some SUGAR, and more.

More About Some of the Above Ingredients:

Full text Generation of protein carbonyls by glycoxidation and lipoxidation reactions with autoxidation products of ascorbic acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids

High-fat or ethinyl-oestradiol intake during pregnancy increases mammary cancer risk in several generations of offspring

Body iron stores and presence of carotid atherosclerosis. Results from the Bruneck Study.

Iron and Cancer Risk—A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Epidemiological Evidence

Iron induces cancer stem cells and aggressive phenotypes in human lung cancer cells.

Iron and cancer: recent insights.

Final report on the safety assessment of BHT

Carcinogenicity and modification of the carcinogenic response by BHA, BHT, and other antioxidants.

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) induction of pulmonary inflammation: a role in tumor promotion.

Dietary estrogens stimulate human breast cells to enter the cell cycle.

Food-grade TiO2 impairs intestinal and systemic immune homeostasis, initiates preneoplastic lesions and promotes aberrant crypt development in the rat colon

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Nutritional Facts

#butylatedhydroxytoluene  (because flavour needs protecting)

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