sugar: the seductive suicide

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sweet, sweet poison

I was in college the day my mom called with the bad news. The tone in her voice immediately told me something was wrong. “Ike has died,” she said slowly, as if she was breaking the news to us both. Ike was our beloved 150-pound Great Pyrenees. “We’re not 100% sure,” my Mom explained, “but the vet thinks he may have been poisoned.” 

I was shocked and devastated. Ike’s death was so unexpected. We later discovered the vet’s inclination about his cause of death was correct: Our neighbor had poisoned him.

I grew up next door to a horse farm where a crabby old man constantly complained about our dog visiting his property. The autopsy revealed that Ike had died a slow death from suffocation.

Fed up, our neighbor had offered him antifreeze, a sweet-smelling “treat” to dogs, knowing it would induce kidney failure and shut down his respiratory system.

So what does all this have to do with you? Just like Ike, you may slowly be dying of a sweet poison without even realizing it.

startling research about sugar

Scientific research is revealing a new crisis some people don’t want you to hear about: Candy can kill you.

On average, Americans consume 475 calories worth of added sugars every day. That is about 30 teaspoons, or five times, more than even the American Heart Association recommends.

The disturbing reality is that if nothing changes and rampant sugar consumption continues, this addiction can bear down on your health in the form of diseases like diabetes and cancer.

Everyone knows that soda, candy, ice cream, and other treats are loaded with sugar—but do we realize how much sugar?

An average bottle of Coke contains over 60g of sugar, and an eight-ounce Snapple drink contains up to 23g of sugar. Similarly, a 16-ounce Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino contains over 40g of sugar—and that is only one of many products often purchased by coffee lovers.

There’s no way around it: If we want to live longer, we’ll need to lessen our sugar intake. Pay particularly close attention to products containing high-fructose corn syrup, which is the most toxic form of sugar used today.

The medical journal Cancer Research reached similar conclusions about the effects of sugar, finding that the way in which it is metabolized stimulates cancer growth. Even more concerning is the fact that the scientists performed the study using cells from one of the deadliest forms of cancer: pancreatic cancer.

Researchers reported the following: “Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different … These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation.” 

In other words, those Girl Scout cookies you ate last night may be causing you more harm than a few extra calories.

it's never too late

My favorite Chinese Proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today.” 

If you or a loved one’s diet is full of sugar, don’t fret. Begin making small changes today, and be patient as your health steadily improves.

As I was processing all of this information and thinking back to Ike’s death by poison, I wondered: Is the devil deceptive enough to entice us into self-destruction?

Beyond the notorious vices of sex and drugs, could Satan be sly enough to offer the sweet temptation of our own personal antifreeze — sugar — instead? Would a slow death bring him more delight? This is really good. Can you add a couple of more sentences with your opinion on this? It is such an interesting though but then the piece ends pretty suddenly. 

Have you heard these stunning facts about sugar before? What’s your experience?