13 Reasons To Blame Sugar!

There must be a good reason why sugar gets blamed for so many health problems. I mean surely it can’t all just be a mistake? Well, come to think of it, there are some explanations. The only problem is, sugar being bad for you, isn’t one of them. Here are some logical reasons to blame sugar.

The first reason is that sugar makes a great scapegoat.

If you don’t know (or don’t want to admit), the actual causes of disease, sugar makes a great fall guy. It’s easy to blame something that can’t be completely avoided, something that we’re designed to need and to crave. Something like sugar.

Sugar is in the tastiest foods. Chances are you have sugar in your diet. And even if you don’t, your body will turn some of your food (or break down some of your tissue) into sugar, so that there is always sugar available to be used, and to be blamed.

And so it will always be possible to say, ‘if only you’d gotten rid of more sugar from your diet!’. If only sugar wasn’t central to the functioning of your system, you’d be ok. The truth is you’ll never be able to get rid of it well enough.

Perhaps it benefits the sale of a product, or perhaps it’s just necessary to maintain the dominant nutritional world view. Either way, it helps to have a patsy.

The second reason is blood sugar dysregulation.

Maybe it’s intentional, or maybe it’s by accident. Either way, when it comes to interpreting results of studies to do with disease, blood sugar dysregulation issues commonly get conflated with excessive sugar consumption issues.

But the fact that blood sugar irregularities, are central to many disease states, has almost nothing to do with eating sugar, per se.

In fact, there’s plenty of logical (and scientifically valid) reasons, why not eating enough sugar, is a driving factor behind blood sugar instability. That’s something I’ve written about in previous articles.

Because most people aren’t aware of this, however, it’s pretty easy to lead them to believe, that high blood sugar, for example, must be the result of eating too much sugar. That’s simply not accurate.

The third reason is that it distracts from the real issues.

Another good reason to blame sugar for so many different things, is that it helps to take the attention away from what really causes problems.

It’s a great way to keep being able to promote the harmful products, and make people believe there’s nothing wrong with them. Even worse, that they’re a health food. Fish oil, and other PUFAs, are a great example.

You don’t want people finding out what’s really making them sick, especially if the harmful things are easy to replace with a healthy alternative. Again, like with the highly unstable and inflammatory seed and fish oils.

If a person does take some of the bad things out of their diet, chances are they won’t get better overnight. So don’t worry, there’s plenty of opportunity to remind them that something they haven’t avoided enough, is the cause after all. Like sugar.

The fourth reason is because it’s something you need.

It’s hard to fathom the possibility that there are people out there, that benefit from others not being as healthy and energized, as they can possibly be.

Don’t take my word for it. There is plenty of evidence pointing to the fact that some people are legitimately not concerned about the well being of fellow humans. Seriously.

In fact, some people know that if you keep people from being as well as they otherwise might be, there’s a long list of things you can get them to do and buy. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg of evil motivations.

In the meantime, you can continue to make money out of sugar, because people will always eat it regardless, or just binge on it, whenever sugar avoidance gets too stressful. It’s a profitable vicious circle to set in motion.

The fifth reason is that sugar fuels brain function.

One thing about blaming sugar, is that if people listen to you, and start limiting their intake, it can impact upon brain function.

The brain needs plenty of sugar to work properly, and this is particularly true when stressed, or simply if brain activity is very high.

Restricting sugar can impact upon thinking, and as a result, people can be more easily mislead or manipulated.

Once people are convinced that sugar is bad, and they start to avoid it, it can become easier and easier over time, to keep them convinced that sugar is bad. But only because it isn’t.

The sixth reason is that lack of sugar raises stress hormones and slows metabolism.

When sugar runs low, stress goes up, and so removing sugar out of the diet can, at least in the short term, make a person feel better. One reason for this, is that rising stress hormones can do that, but it’s not all roses.

The stress hormones are not designed to be chronically raised, and if they are, they eventually won’t work as well for better feeling, but will become part of what is making a person sick.

Also, when enough sugar isn’t available, metabolism is designed to conserve energy and resources, and that too, can be something that removes symptoms. Temporarily at least.

From the perspective of survival, this all makes sense, and can be seen as a positive. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to replicate such conditions, for the sake of so called health improvement.

The seventh reason is that sugar can actually be a problem when you are nutritionally deficient.

One thing that probably isn’t a good idea, is using refined sugar as a means to refueling a system that is deficient in other important nutrients.

If someone has deficiencies, providing lots of fuel to the system, speeding up metabolism, can make the deficiencies more of a problem. And then sugar gets the blame unfairly.

That being said, sugar can be used to lower stress, and stress interferes with metabolism, and metabolic dysfunction can waste important nutrients. So it isn’t all bad.

The eighth reason is that sugar can be an issue when metabolism is damaged.

If somebody has long term metabolic issues, with poor liver function and blood sugar instability, adding too much sugar to the diet, too quickly, can make sugar look bad.

Of course that isn’t the fault of sugar. But still, it makes sense to look at things holistically, finding ways to lower stress, reduce the load on the liver, and get rid of circulating inflammatory substances.

Reducing the things that interfere with digestion, promote bacterial endotoxin, and protect against too much exposure to the PUFAs, is very important.

But the inclusion of sugar in the diet has a helpful part to play here, so it isn’t a black and white, ‘sugar bad’ kind of situation. Sugar isn’t bad.

The ninth reason is that sugar is very often mixed in with the really bad ingredients, which make sugar an issue.

It’s easy to blame sugar for everything, when there are so many ingredients added to foods, that aren’t food at all, and that cause harm to metabolism.

It’s a bit like blaming the house for the house fire, after throwing gasoline on the walls, and setting it alight.

Toxic gums, heavy metals, flavor enhancers, and a long list of things that have no place in a recipe, are actually a recipe for disaster. Is that what’s being baked?

And then again, once the conditions are created, sugar can easily be made to look menacing, but it’s just a magic trick.

The tenth reason is that most of the anti-sugar science isn’t really science at all.

One of the things that makes science useful, is the scientific method. In fact, without it, it isn’t really science at all. It’s more like science fiction, and it’s common.

The more a person examines the studies, the easier it can be to tell the difference. But even the best science is not 100% foolproof.

Studies make claims that haven’t been proven, or refer to other studies, that turn out to also be making claims that haven’t been proven. The meta-analysis is often the ultimate example of this.

And then there’s the fact that people lie, or have powerful biases that influence the validity of findings, and their significance. Not the fault of sugar.

The eleventh reason is that lots of things that are called high sugar, aren’t really high in sugar.

So many foods are referred to as high sugar foods these days, it’s surprising to discover that it’s rare that that’s what they are.

More often than not, the culprits in the images, are high in fat (especially PUFAs) and high in starch and fibers, and high in anything but the so called villain, refined sugar.

And then, super healthy foods, like orange juice for example, just get thrown in the mix, as if it’s a given that they’re bad, because they do have sugar in them.

For many people, it’s one big incoherent confusing mess, it’s no wonder nobody knows what to believe. There might even be good reason to think confusing people is part of an intentional tactic.

The twelfth reason is that different kinds of ‘sugar’ have different effects.

Not all sugars are made equal, and so when a person does have blood sugar metabolism related problems, too much consumption of the starches or pure glucose, can exacerbate issues.

This is obviously more the case when combined with lots of fat, particularly the PUFAs.

Contrary to popular opinion, foods naturally high in sucrose and fructose, or just plain white sugar or honey, can be therapeutic, especially when starch or pure glucose foods are still too hard to deal with.

Funny isn’t it, in the anti-sugar upside down world, the exact opposite idea has been constantly repeated, but the evidence begs to differ.

The thirteenth reason is that sugar raises insulin.

One of the most common reasons for blaming sugar for disease, is that sugar raises insulin levels, and insulin issues are a major factor in disease states.

There are many problems with this theory. For starters, the science is pretty clear about the fact that insulin dysfunction is caused by too much stress and inflammation, from exposure to things like the PUFAs and endotoxin.

Lots of things can increase insulin, including protein, but sugar (particularly sucrose and fructose), have been shown to lower stress, and help improve insulin function.

And another thing, foods filled with starch or glucose, like bread and rice and cereal grains, are far more insulinogenic, compared to when white sugar is added.

So again, sugar can be seen to be the victim of false accusations, and it’s hard to imagine that the authorities are completely unaware of that.

So now hopefully everybody can finally rest easy with the knowledge that there are some really good reasons why sugar gets blamed for inflammation and disease. The fact that the reasons have little at all to do with sugar actually being harmful, well, that’s not so important, is it?

 

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Chris says:

    Love your work!

    Just wondering if you have ever addressed sugar causing cavities? I could not find this on your site.

    Here is recurrent question: Marina Weston If fluoride reduces decay, why do we still have cavities?!?

    Response: Melissa Gallico That’s a good point to make! You could say something like, “Fluoride is not an essential nutrient. That means there are no known negative health effects from consuming a fluoride-free diet. Plus, everyone agrees that cavities are caused by sugar, not a lack of fluoride. A better way to prevent cavities is to eat a nutrient dense diet that is low in sugar.”
    There is a lot of clear documentary evidence that the sugar industry has historically promoted fluoride as a way to prevent cavities and they muddied the science on sugar’s role in tooth decay.

    Extracted from: from FB conversation.

    Love to see an article addressing this.

    Tried sending this via DANM@COWSEATGRASS but it bounced back:
    DNS Error: 6835176 DNS type ‘mx’ lookup of cowseatgrass responded with code NXDOMAIN
    Domain name not found: cowseatgrass

    • DanM@cowseatgrass DanM@cowseatgrass says:

      I haven’t written on the subject yet, but I’m always wary of people who say things like “everyone agrees that…” without putting forward an argument. Tooth decay is a metabolic issue and has to do with a number a factors including chronic stress, inflammation, bacterial issues, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, amino acid imbalances etc…sugar, in the context of a diet with enough of the other important nutrients, reduces stress and inflammation, promotes metabolic function, and is protective.

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