Sugar Causes Nutrient Deficiencies
Did you know that sugar can rob you of critical nutrients? Why do we think it’s ok for kids to eat sugar without consequences?
“Just let them be kids” and eat cereal for breakfast isn’t a healthy way to start their day.
When you eat sugar, you create a sequence of metabolic pathways that requires the body to use up more of its resources.⠀
It is Monday morning and the whole family is running late. The bus is about to pick up the kids and they haven’t eaten anything yet. So, you pour them a glass of no-sugar added, “all natural” grape juice and toss a breakfast granola bar their way. But they made it onto the bus, and no one was late, WHEW! Thank goodness for pre-packaged “food.”
No time for breakfast meant no time to pack their lunch either, so your children ate school lunch that day, chicken nuggets, fake boxed mashed potatoes, a bun, fruit cocktail and chocolate milk. After school programs and sports keep your kids at school until 4:30, so they grab a granola bar and Gatorade from their backpack to keep their energy up. Once all of the activities are over, mom is tired from driving all over the place and picking up the kids, so she throws in frozen pizza with a side of garlic bread with some skim milk. Then a bowl of Lucky Charms for a bed-time snack (they are made with “Whole Grains” now). Does that sound like you?
Tuesday was a better day. Everyone had time for breakfast, so the kids had Honey Nut Cheerios (10 tsp sugar), Skim milk (3 1/2 tsp sugar) and a banana sliced on top (6 tsp sugar). You packed a lunch of Lunch-ables turkey and cheddar (14.75 tsp sugar), Goldfish crackers (5 tsp sugar) and a juice box (6.75 tsp sugar). The after-school snack was yogurt covered raisins (5 tsp sugar) and Gatorade (3.5 tsp sugar). You had time to make dinner, so you made spaghetti (10.75 tsp sugar) with a side of garlic bread (5.5 tsp sugar), salad with fat-free French dressing (2.25 tsp sugar) and skim milk (3 1/2 tsp sugar) for dinner and fat-free frozen yogurt (9 1/2 tsp sugar) for dessert! You think you did better today…but did you? That comes to a total of 86 teaspoons of sugar in the blood for the day.
Do you know what a normal blood sugar level is? 1 cup? 2 cups? NO, 1 TEASPOON of sugar is a normal blood sugar! For adults, children, teens and babies. Blood sugar greatly increases insulin and chronically elevated insulin is toxic to our bodies and cells. I feel terrible for the kids diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, maybe it is just too much sugar.
We need to start healing our body with food, so these adult diseases don’t happen to our kids. We are too acceptant of putting a “Band-Aid” on our issues once the problem has already happened with prescriptions. We need to fix the source of the problems and stop eating so much sugar.
It takes 28 molecules of magnesium to process one molecule of sugar. Having high blood sugar also causes the kidneys to excrete magnesium faster. Since magnesium is essential to stabilize blood sugar, a harmful cycle continues.
Deficiencies cause muscle spasms and pain, insomnia and fatigue. Magnesium assists in maintaining muscle and nerve function, maintains heart beat, helps our immune system, and keeps bones strong.
Have you ever noticed our kids get sick a lot from Halloween until Valentine’s Day? There are a lot of Holidays in between that time that focus on candy. Sugar depresses the immune system. Vitamin C is needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside, so they have to accumulate vitamin C.
There is something called a “phagocytic index” which tells you how rapidly a particular lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell.
Sugar and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell.
Fructose is a type of sugar and to break down fructose, they body increases the production of an enzyme which breaks down the body’s supply of vitamin D. This enzyme also weakens the production of another enzyme needed to create vitamin D.
Low levels of Vitamin D is harmful in many ways; it lowers the immune system, increases depression, increases risk of bone loss as well as many other serious issues including increasing the risk of certain cancers. ⠀⠀
High sugar intake causes chromium excretion. Studies find that a diet consisting of 35% sugar increased chromium excretion rates by 300%.⠀
Chromium is important for regulating blood sugar. Low levels of chromium cause decreased glucose tolerance, a precursor to diabetes.
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