Thursday, February 25, 2016

Refined Sugar vs Natural Sugars Like Honey & Fruit

Refined Sugar and Singing the Health Food Store Blues
by Steven Horne

I heard Dr. Antonio Jimenez from the Hope4Cancer clinics in Mexico speak. He mentioned that there may be a difference in the molecular spin of refined sugar versus the natural sugars in foods. Light bulbs went off in my brain because I've long suspected that there is a vast difference in the way the body reacts to natural sugars (like those found in fruits and honey) and refined sugar. The one acts like a food creating a sense of satisfaction, while the other acts like an addictive drug.

I recalled that there was a time in my life when I didn't eat any refined sugar at all. I did have cookies, cakes and other goodies, but they were all made at home using honey as the main sweetener. Although chemists have told me that honey and refined sugar are 99% the same, I had more energy, had a clearer mind and a really strong immune system when I was only using honey and other natural sugars and wasn't consuming any table sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

As I was listening to him speak, I realized that I had let sugar creep back into my life in the form of supposed "health foods," from the health food store. So, when I got home I began to look at labels and realized how much refined sugars where in some of these health food store foods. So I decided to do again what I did over 20 years ago and go "cold turkey" off of all refined sugars.

I know I'll go through withdrawals. (I've often told people that if you don't believe sugar is a drug, just try eliminating it from your diet. I never had empathy for addicts until I gave up sugar.) However, I know it will be worth it. In honor of my commitment to myself, I updated an article I wrote in 2008 called Singing the Health Food Store Blues about having to carefully read labels when I'm shopping at the health food store because everything there isn't necessarily healthy. You might also want to read my article Breaking the Addiction to Sugar. (It's got three pages, so be sure to read the whole thing.)

I'll be talking about my experiences in getting off of sugar again on my FaceBook page. So, if you're interested in hearing about my progress (and perhaps joining me in kicking the sugar habit) be sure to follow me on FaceBook.

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