Based on data from 2008, Americans consume over 60 pounds of added sugar per year. According to the American Heart Associate, the acceptable allowance of daily sugar intake for men is 150 calories or 9 teaspoons per day.
For women, it’s 100 calories or 6 teaspoons per day. Our current daily average is 306 calories or 19 teaspoons per day.
Half of our obesity problems would be resolved by consuming less sugar, but not completely eliminating sugar. Our bodies need sugar.
Your body depends on an ample amount of calories to fuel your body. Even though each person’s energy needs vary, sugar broken down from carbohydrates is one of your body’s most important fuel sources. It’s easily accessible for organs and tissues,and also the preferred fuel source for your brain and muscles.
Your body stores excess sugar for energy in the form of glycogen through a process called glycogenesis. Glycogen is broken down into single glucose units when primary energy sources are not available. This occurs between meal times, during sleep, and during workouts to prevent drastic drops in your blood sugar. This is why when you try to completely eliminate sugar from your diet, you tend to crave more sugar and carbs.
The Problem with Refined Sugars
The problem lies in our confusion between natural sugars and added sugars. Food labels only count total sugars without differentiating between the two. There are many dangers to added refined sugars.
In 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin defined poison in the following manner:
- Medically: Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease.
- Physically: Any substance which inhibits the activity of a catalyst which is a minor substance, chemical or enzyme that activates a reaction.
Dr. Martin classified sugar as a poison because it had been refined into a pure carbohydrate, depleting it of all it’s essential vitamins and minerals. According to Dr. Martin: “What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant. There is no excess for other added carbohydrates. Incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results in the formation of ‘toxic metabolite’ such as pyruvic acid and abnormal sugars containing five carbon atoms. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system and the abnormal sugars in the red blood cells. These toxic metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die. This interferes with the function of a part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease.”
- Our bodies cannot use refined sugars
- Refined sugars prevent cells from getting sufficient oxygen
- This is the beginning of degenerative disease
So now, what can we do? We know our bodies need sugar, but the refined sugar added to nearly all of the products we consume is literally a poison!
The answer is to find alternative sources of sugar. The following is a quick list:
- Yacon Syrup
- Coconut Palm Sugar
- Fruit Sugar
- Date Sugar
- Balsamic Glaze
- Banana Puree
- Barley Malt Sugar
- Agave Nectar
- Lo Han Kuo
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Maple Syrup
Honey has been growing in popularity as a natural alternative to sugar, especially since the release of The Honey Phenomenon eBook. The sweetener has been used for centuries, and is a great source of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamin b6, riboflavin, and niacin.
Honey is 30% glucose and less then 40% fructose, along with 20 other complex sugars. This means your body gets access to immediate energy which it can metabolize right away, in addition to energy which can be stored for later use.
With honey, you do not experience that immediate sugar high followed by a crash. Breaking down complex sugars expends energy, therefore you end up burning a few extra calories along the way.
The fact that honey is far more nutritionally dense and lower in calories compared to sugar is a huge benefit!
Honey Additional Benefits
Along with the immediate physical benefits of honey, there are a myriad of other health benefits:
- Honey helps maintain glycogen levels and improves recovery time, which is why ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey to enhance their performance.
- Compared to other sugar alternatives such as stevia, brown rice syrup, and molasses, honey has a low hypolgycemic index which is why it helps regular blood sugar levels.
- According to Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, honey is antibacterial, “because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.”
- Honey’s antibacterial qualities can be moisturizing and nourishing for the skin when used with other ingredients.
- A single dose of buckwheat honey is just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan when it came to relieving nighttime cough according to a study of 110 children.
- For at least 4000 years, honey has been an important ingredient in Indian ayurvedic medicine. It has been useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, diarrhea, and more.
One key reason why Americans are fat is due to an excessive consumption of added refined sugars. There are multiple alternatives to refined sugar, but one that stands out is honey due to it’s ease of access, myriad of health benefits, and variety of uses.
If you’re looking for a complete guide to using honey to transform your health, then I recommend The Honey Phenomenon. This eBook includes recipes, honey buying tips, and how to use honey for medicinal purposes. Click here to learn more about The Honey Phenomenon.