Sugar and your Immune System
The topic we are focusing on today should
be surrounded by signs such as:
YOUR LIFE IS AT STAKE !
It is important to understand the effects of refined sugar on our immune system. White blood cells are crucial to the defense of the body as bacteria multiplies rapidly. Taking in 24 tsps of sugar causes white blood cells to be INEFFECTIVE in protecting us against bacteria and this loss of protection lasts for 5 HOURS!! giving the bacteria a major head start in establishing disease in the body. (1)
A 12 oz can of coke contains 39 grams or 10 tsps of sugar.
A 20 oz can of coke contains 65 grams or 16 tsps of sugar.
Arizona Lemon Ice Tea, 24oz contains 72 grams or 18 tsps of sugar.
Coffee drinks with more sugar than a can of coke include:
16oz Dunkin Donut French Vanilla coffee coolatta, 300 cal, 70 grams sugar
16oz Panera Frozen Carmel, 570 cal, 66 grams of sugar.
This coffee drink contains more calories than 142 Jelly Belly’s
or nearly as much sugar as two cans of coke.
12oz McDonald’s McCafe Mocha, 340 calories and 42 grams of sugar(2)
12oz Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, Non-fat milk, No whip cream
270 calories and 45 grams of sugar. Even though Starbucks is
reported as saying the company has plans to reduce the sugar in its
“indulgent drinks” by 25% by the end of 2020, that is a LOT of
reduced immune protection and blood sugar-spiking drinks
between now and then.
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One of the first steps in taking control of the health of our bodies is in reading product labels. Sugar by any other name is still sugar so begin to recognize all the different terms. According to an internet search there are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. Among the more common are corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, dextrose, maltose and sucrose. Be sure to add these all together to get a better picture of actually how much sugar is in each serving.
The Hidden Ingredient with Many Different Names
To figure out if a packaged food contains added sugars, and how much, you have to be a bit of a detective. On the Nutrition Facts panel, the line for sugars contains both the natural and added types as total grams of sugar.
There are four calories in one gram, so if a product has 15 grams of sugar per serving, that’s 60 calories just from the sugar alone, not counting the other ingredients.
How much is just right?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that’s no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. The AHA recommendations focus on all added sugars, without singling out any particular types such as high-fructose corn syrup. For more detailed information and guidance on sugar intake limits, see the scientific statement in the August 2009 issue of Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association.
In the April 5, 2015 issue of Angie’sOption, “If it says “sugar”, it comes from genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets. Corn syrup is another form of sugar from GMO corn. Maltodextrin, another high glycemic sugar additive derived from GMO corn or rice or potato. Hidden sweeteners like vegetable glycerin, rice syrup, dehydrated cane juice, tapioca syrup are also terms to look for on labels.
(3) High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a corn syrup that, while it can be called “natural” because it starts as corn, has undergone enzymatic processing in order to increase the fructose content. It is then mixed with pure corn syrup (100% glucose) to become the final form of a blend of glucose/unbound fructose. HFCS can have a wide range of fructose/glucose content. It is cheaper and easier to transport and leads to longer shelf life.
The really bad news about it is that many independent studies (Harvard School of Public Health and CDC, University of Florida, Rutgers University and others) have demonstrated a link between HFCS and disease states such as:
● Heart disease
Rats given a high fructose diet for just 10 weeks ALL developed insulin resistance. When buying sweets, stick with ingredients like just plain sugar or even corn syrup but AVOID HFCS. (3)
Our prayer always is that “we would be doers of the Word and not hearers only”, so to put into practice the information gained today will require us to take some action.
(1) Carefully read the labels of the food already in your cupboard and decide what changes you will make.
(2) Commit to carefully reading labels to identify hidden sugars.
(3) Avoid processed foods and choose fresh or frozen as much as possible.
(4) Choose grass-fed beef and free range chicken.
(5) Cut back on pastas, potatoes and other carbohydrate starches that turn to sugar in the body.
(6) Add at least one tasty vegetarian meal to your weekly menu.
(7) Shop local farmers markets as much as possible
(8) Choose organically grown products as much as possible.
(9) Check out a ketogenic diet, one focusing on healthy fats and organic grass fed sources of protein. www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com
Remember we always appreciate feedback so let us know of your successes and if there is a particular topic that interests you, lets learn about it together. Be blessed!
(1) Cancer Free! Are You Sure? Gabar Publishing, Texas
(2) http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/20-coffee-drinks-with-more-sugar 3/22/16
(3) http://www.angiesoption.com/2011/08/two-common-ingredients-to-eliminate 1/16/2016