This is the second post in the series dedicated to the harmful effects of Sugar on our health and well being, through which I want to show that "Health Is A Choice, It is not Destiny".
When calories became the big thing in the 1920s, and everybody was learning to count them, the sugar pushers turned up with a new move. They boasted there were 2,500 calories in a pound of sugar. A little over a quarter-pound of sugar would produce 20% of the total daily quota.
“If you could buy all your food energy as cheaply as you buy calories in sugar”, they told us, “your board bill for the year would be very low. If sugar were seven cents a pound, it would cost less than $35 for a whole year”.
How wonderful! A very inexpensive way to kill yourself.
Nobody is going to eat a half-dozen sugar beets or a whole case of sugar cane. Even if they do, it will be less dangerous than a few ounces of sugar.
Sugar of all kinds, natural sugars, such as those in honey and fruit (fructose), as well as the refined white stuff (sucrose), tends to arrest the secretion of gastric juices and have an inhibiting effect on the stomach's natural ability to move. Sugars are not digested in the mouth, like cereals, or in the stomach, like animal flesh. When taken alone, they pass quickly through the stomach into the small intestine.
When sugars are eaten with other foods, perhaps meat and bread in a sandwich, they are held up in the stomach for a while. The sugar in the bread and the Coke sit there with the hamburger and the bun waiting for them to be digested. While the stomach is working on the animal protein and the refined starch in the bread, the addition of the sugar practically guarantees rapid acid fermentation under the conditions of warmth and moisture existing in the stomach.
· One lump of sugar in your coffee after a sandwich is enough to turn your stomach into a fermenting container.
· One soda with a hamburger is enough to turn your stomach into a still.
· Sugar on cereal, whether you buy it already sugared in a box or add it yourself, almost guarantees “acid” fermentation.
In Japan, it is traditional to eat yang before yin. Miso soup (fermented soybean protein, yang) for breakfast; raw fish (more yang protein) at the beginning of the meal; afterwards comes the rice (which is less yang than the miso and fish); and then the vegetables which are yin. If you ever eat with a traditional Japanese family and you violate this order, they (if your friends) will correct you courteously but firmly.
Man learned very early what improper combinations of food could do to the human system. When he got a stomach ache from combining raw fruit with grain, or honey with porridge, he didn't reach for an anti-acid tablet, he learned not to eat that way. When gluttony and excess became widespread, religious codes and commandments were invoked against it.
When proteins are digested, they are broken down into amino acids, which are usable substances-nutriments. When proteins are taken with sugar, they putrefy; they are broken down into a variety of ptomaines and leucomaines, which are non-usable substances, poisons. Enzymic digestion of foods prepares them for use by our body. Bacterial decomposition makes them unfit for use by our body. The first process gives us nutriments; the second gives us poisons.
But what profit someone may have if the theoretically required calories and nutrients are consumed daily, yet this random eat-on-the-run, snack-time collection of foods ferments and putrefies in the digestive tract? What good is it if the body is fed protein, only to have it putrefy in the gastrointestinal canal?
“To derive sustenance from foods eaten, they must be digested,” Shelton warned years ago. “They must not rot.”
Sure, the body can get rid of poisons through the urine and the pores; the amount of poisons in the urine is taken as an index to what's going on in the intestine. The body does establish a tolerance for these poisons, just as it adjusts gradually to an intake of heroin.
“But”, says Shelton, “the discomfort from accumulation of gas, the bad breath, and foul and unpleasant odors are as undesirable as are the poisons”.
In the next post, I will show you the amount of damage sugar is causing to our systems and those of our children; you can’t imagine how much harm you are causing to your child by conceding to his whims and weeping eyes full of faked tears calling for a candy or a chocolate bar.
Till we meet again, Insha’Allah, commence to eliminate sugar from your dietary habits, but mostly Pass On The Word.