Sugar is bad for health. Sugar causes weight gain. Sugar causes insulin resistance. Sugar causes diabetes. Sugar will rot your teeth.
What if Sugar wasn’t bad? What if Sugar increased fat-loss and built the immune system. What if Sugar protected teeth? What if Sugar was a vital nutrient to life?
Sugar has obviously fallen victim to the ever-increasing obesity epidemic in the US. There are many sugar-based blames: from soda to energy drinks to ice cream to fresh fruit to juice to white potatoes to white bread to mocha joe latte’s. So0o0o, why are these bad? Is it possible that these foods can actually promote health and that Sugar isn’t solely to blame?
What is the source of sugar? Does the sugar contain any nutritional value? Is the sugar treated and laced with chemical sprays? What about the individual consuming Sugar? Is their digestive system assimilating and eliminating properly? Hormones responding accordingly? How well can they detoxify – liver and kidney function? Is their thyroid functioning well? What is their body temperature in the morning, before/after lunch, and before bed? What is their pulse at the same times? What about their body’s ability to utilize and store sugar efficiently? What about the rest of their diet? Do they consume other nutrients along with sugar – fat, protein, vitamins, minerals? Does this person exercise or consistently move? What are their sleeping patterns? Do they become stressed very easily? How often are they stressed? What happens physically and emotionally when they become stressed?
I’m getting at context. Context is everything for everything and, in this particular case, sugar is very well-deserving of a context when it comes to labeling it as healthy or unhealthy.
Am I hinting at the fact that Sugar can actually promote health? Yes. Sugar can be healthy, therapeutic, stress-relieving, metabolism-boosting, homeostasis-promoting, hormone-balancing, and even fat-burning! But, again, placing sugar intake and its need into context of the individual is important to understand how and why sugar can be healthy.
Some further reading supporting sugar to help provide some more perspective on my craziness…