5. Some Final Thoughts about Sugars
Why do human beings want sweet foods in the first place? What are some safe ways to satisfy our sweet tooth?
Dr. Gary Beauchamp of the University of Pennsylvania stated that our sweet taste has served us well in the course of evolution. Our sweet tooth allowed us to know when foods like fruits and berries were ripe and ready to eat. It guided us to the selection of naturally wholesome foods. Our sweet tooth and desire for sweet foods is perfectly natural and desirable.
In recent times, however, our sweet tooth has become perverted. Dr. Beauchamp says that now “we’ve separated the good taste from the good fun,” and our sweet tooth is leading us astray with the introduction of refined and supersweet artificial sugars in the diet. Actually, refined sugars and the like achieved their stronghold first in countries where there was not an abundance of fresh sweet fruits. White sugar has served as a poor and dangerous substitute for fruits in climates where fruits were no readily available. Fortunately in today’s world, we are now able to satisfy our sweet tooth naturally, but we’ve been deceived so long by the artificial and refined sugars that it takes some time to readjust our taste.
Once refined and artificial sweeteners are eliminated from the diet, you will gradually re-acquire your naturally discerning taste and avoid all such refined and unnatural sugars with little effort. They will cease to appeal to you as you re-discover the natural sweetness and goodness of fresh fruits.
Humans naturally seek to eat sweets. Thus the act of sweetening foods is to meet our biological adaptation to sweet fruits.
One of the foremost evils of using sweeteners is on the grounds of incompatible combinations. Anything sweet naturally does not require sweetening and anything that we sweeten is intrinsically incompatible with sweets.
We are not natural fat or oil eaters. We get this incidentally but sufficiently from our proper foods of fruits. We are not natural protein eaters. We obtain our needs incidentally but sufficiently from fruits. We are not starch eaters. We have a limited capacity to digest starches—a capacity that was developed very poorly—sufficient to handle starches incidental to fruit-eating. The ptyalin of the mouth is so poor in its digestive capabilities that it digests less than 5% of the starch. Final digestion of starch must be carried on with pancreatic amylase in the small intestine.
While simple sugars such as fructose and glucose require no digestion, sucrose must be broken down into these respective monosaccaride components before absorption can occur.
Mixed with fats, starches or proteins, all sugars, simple or more complex like sucrose, are an abominable combination. The sugars are held up while the more complex foods are being digested. They quickly ferment, forming vinegar and alcohol. This is toxic enough in itself but the digestion of the foods with which they! are mixed is then vitiated so that marked indigestion occurs.
There are no counts justifying the use of sweeteners. Our yen for our natural sweet fare should be sated with our natural sweet fare.
Remember: when you eat fruits, you not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but you supply the body with the finest fuel available along with a storehouse of valuable nutrients and elements. Say good-bye to the sweet imposters, and hello to a new life of health and well-being as you eliminate sugar forever from your diet!
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Refined Sweeteners
- 3. Sugar: Where Does It All Come From?
- 4. The Cousins of Sugar
- 5. Some Final Thoughts about Sugars
- 6. Questions & Answers
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