Is SUGAR  impeding your attempts to live a healthy lifestyle? This nutrient has been taking a lot of slack in recent years and blamed for contributing to our growing list of ailments and diseases.  

I recently ran into a stranger who was enjoying the last few bites of a slice of carrot cake. You know;  the one dripping with cream cheese icing. My mind immediately started to imagine the sugar in that apparently delicious offering.  I have made enough cake I my life and more than enough icing and so,  I am well aware what it entails. So I struck up a conversation, intending to draw her attention to the long term effects of over consumption of sugar. Before long,  I was delightfully informed that she always uses a lot of sugar. “I use 8 to 10 packs of sugar in my coffee.”  I realized this was not going to be one of those occasions when I was going to make an impression concerning  the impact of food on our health, so I shut it down.

Now, lest I be misunderstood, I am not a sugar hater.

The beginning stages of my life were more or less centered around sugar cane. One of my favorite childhood memories was “sucking” cane. Not to mention how they were sometimes acquired, by pulling the juicy looking stalks from the back of the lorries and trailers on their way to the sugar factory. Peeling the cane to get to the juicy part was an art and a skill, whether  it was with a knife or your teeth. 

Apparently, the transformation from cane juice to sugar crystals is not contributing to your attempts to live a “Healthy Lifestyle”

About seventy-five to eighty percent of the world’s consumed “added sugar” comes from the sugar cane plant.  I stress, “Added sugar” because many of the foods we consume contain their own brand of sugar. Fruits and other carbohydrate rich foods either contain sugar, or components that are converted to sugar during the digestive process.

It is estimated that the average North American consumes 156 pounds of sugar per person in each year. However,  less than 30 pounds come from sugar bowl. The majority comes hidden in processed foods in places that you would not imagine.

IN cookies, alcohol, canned food, crackers, dried fruit, ketchup, salad dressings, chocolate, candy bars breads, deli meats, jams and jellies, peanut butter among others. Even yeast breads. (yeast need to eat sugar in order to belch up the gases that makes the bread to rise)

Consuming too much of these kinds of food, leads to weight gain, and other related conditions. it is usually not too late to turn things around. 

Sugar content can be disguised in many names. Brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, dextrose, fructose, glucose,  granulated sugar, sucrose, syrup, to name a few.

 

The sugar cane is not a fruit, it is actually a variety of grass, looking somewhat like a bamboo, that comes in several varieties(around 35 estimated).  The best varieties for making sugar are the ones with a high percentage of juice. (They are also best for being enjoyed in their natural state)

HISTORICAL RELEVANCE

Cane sugar has been used in secret since the 6th century BC. And became more popular with travel  and migration around 7th century AD. Sugar cane is the world’s largest crop, grown in tropical and subtropical regions.

The production and acquisition of cane sugar has dictated my political and economic decisions  throughout history.

Sugar cane is mostly responsible for the presence of Africans in the Western World and European races being dominant in many South American countries. There is a school of thought that England losing thirteen colonies in the USA in the revolutionary war, was in part due to them using man-power to protect sugar producing territories elsewhere. Sugar may also have been responsible for the French giving up claim to most of Canada, and settling instead for tiny tropical islands. 

Sugar-cane sugar was once very rare and very expensive, and so was only attainable by the wealthy of the world. In London in the 14th century, the equivalent of a kilogram of sugar was sold for about $100.00 USD

Cane sugar was once treasured and was referred to as “the reed that gives honey without bees” and “white gold” , and can still be used in a manner that would not be detrimental to you “Healthy Lifestyle”

In the second part of this two part article I will help you to understand the difference between raw sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, syrup and molasses. How they are acquired and how they affect our health.

Learn how this once treasured commodity is being touted as the source of all things bad for our health. The almighty sugar has forever been a “BIG PLAYER” in the world, and still is, only in a slightly different manner.

If you believe that you are consuming too much sugary foods, or if you want to balance the content of your nutrition, a nutritionally rich supplement may be the answer. “Treat your body right, and it will return the favor.”

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