The abuse of white sugar and sugar based foods such as cakes, tarts, baked goods, sweets and candies, syrups, jams, cookies, cold drinks, sodas, etc. may seem harmless, but it operates in an inconspicuous way because the substance is so cheap, so available and so universally regarded as a “treat”.
Sugar cane in its natural form is rich in minerals and vitamins. The sugar molecules are complex with other organic molecules. The organic components of sugar cane work synergistically to nourish the body.
Sucanat, which is dehydrated cane sugar, is rich in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, and chromium.
In contrast, refined sugar is devoid of nutrients and acts more like a drug than a food. It quickly passes through the stomach wall causing blood sugar levels to rise, then plummet.
- First, the blood sugar level skyrockets and causes the pancreas to secrete insulin to compensate for the excess blood sugar.
- Afterward, the blood sugar level drops below normal.
This state has been coined the sugar blues. The downside of the sugar blues is a state of depression, lethargy and irritability.
The craving for sugared foods can be like a drug addict craving a fix. There is an uncontrollable desire for something sweet. The addict will seek a sugar fix eight to twenty times per day.