Diabetes and Obesity

Diabetes and Obesity

by Dr. Michael B. Finkelstein, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.B.H.M.
posted on August 19th 2010

Let’s start by looking in our kitchen and reading the labels on the breakfast cereal, cookies, and any of the other "junk" food. Food manufacturers understand that by “making it sweet” we will continue to buy their products. 

But why are the juices from a sugar cane plant so bad for us? Well, you must first understand the process to understand why. During the refining process, sugar manufacturers destroy all of the enzymes, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and the cane is then pressed to extract the juice. It is then boiled so it thickens and crystallizes. Next it’s centrifuged to remove the syrup. 

Refined sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever, and, when coupled with foods that contain fat and lots of calories and cholesterol, it is dynamite, but totally addictive. Our kitchen closets are full of products containing saturated fat, hydrogenated oils, and calories. 

Refined sugar is linked to hypoglycemia, yeast infections, a weakened immune system, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, enlargement of the liver and kidneys, increase of uric acid in the blood, mental and emotional disorders, and, of course, the good old dental cavities. 

The body will store access amounts in the liver and glycogen, and, when the liver gets too full, the excess amounts are returned to the blood stream as fatty acids. It will come as no surprise to many that the United States is the largest supplier of sugar−loaded food in the world. 

High fructose corn syrup is another key ingredient in lots of food and is found in everything from juice, soda, beer, yogurt, energy bars, cookies, candy, breads and even frozen foods. High fructose corn syrup is more processed and is sweeter and cheaper to produce. 

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, diabetes and obesity are a direct result of eating excessive amounts of products containing refined sugar and fructose corn syrup. 

A really good alternative to sugar is Agave nectar or syrup. This highly nutritional sweetener can actually be beneficial for your health. It doesn’t contain any processed chemicals and the raw version contains vitamins and minerals, which are good for you. Because it is absorbed more slowly into the blood stream, Agave doesn’t have any impact on blood sugar levels and it can easily be substituted for sugar in any product or recipe.

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