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SUGAR
We can't talk about sweeteners without mentioning the initial culprit - sugar.

The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of microwave meals.

In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. 26 pounds to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year! Prior to the turn of this century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year! And sugar adds minimal nutritional value to the human diet. In fact, many studies show that sugar could be the cause of many diseases. Cardiovascular disease and cancer was virtually unknown in the early 1900's, now they are widespread.

Here is a list of ways excess sugar can affect your health:

bulletSugar can suppress the immune system.
bulletSugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
bulletSugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
bulletSugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
bulletSugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
bulletSugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
bulletSugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
bulletSugar can cause hypoglycemia.
bulletSugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
bulletSugar can cause kidney damage.
bulletSugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
bulletSugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
bulletSugar can cause copper deficiency.
bulletSugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
bulletSugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
bulletSugar can promote tooth decay.
bulletSugar can produce an acidic stomach.
bulletSugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
bulletSugar can lead to periodontal disease.
bulletSugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
bulletSugar can increase total cholesterol.
bulletSugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
bulletHigh intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
bulletSugar can contribute to diabetes.
bulletSugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
bulletSugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
bulletSugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
bulletSugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
bulletSugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
bulletSugar causes food allergies.
bulletSugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
bulletSugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
bulletSugar can contribute to eczema in children.
bulletSugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
bulletSugar can cause atherosclerosis.
bulletSugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
bulletSugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
bulletSugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
bulletSugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
bulletSugar can cause depression.
bulletSugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
bulletSugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
bulletSugar can cause hypertension.
bulletSugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
bulletSugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
bulletSugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
bulletSugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
bulletSugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.

Footnotes:
Source of this information: www.nancyappleton.com

Links:      
 Dr. Mercola.com Read More about how excess sugar can affect you.....

 

 

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