There's a song that says “a spoonful of sugar.” In the late 1800’s the occasional spoonful added up to about 5 lbs. of sugar, per person, per year. Cardiovascular (heart) disease and cancer were virtually unheard of. The spoonfuls have increased to cupfuls as the average sugar consumption is now 150 lbs. of sugar, per person per year!
Sugar is know to be more addictive than heroin, but most people don’t realize is that for every tsp. of sugar consumed, it can suppress the immune system for about an hour. That morning coffee isn’t bad, but add a cinnabon with 14 tsp. of sugar, and you will shut down your immune system for half of the day.
A can of cola not only contains 10 tsp. of sugar, but it takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize the acidity in it. Excess sugar and acidity cause premature aging, headaches, and restless legs, and contribute to obesity, cancer, ADHD, weaken eyesight, and many other negative effects. This excess acid causes the body to borrow minerals from the bones in order to keep the blood alkaline. Year after year of mineral leaching will cause osteoporosis. Lack of minerals will cause you to crave sugar and, if you eat sugar, it then robs the body of minerals., which causes you to crave sugar, which continues the vicious cycle.
Energy drinks have 2-14x the amount of caffeine that a can of cola has. Red Bull was banned in France after an 18 year old athlete died after consuming 4 cans during a basketball game. Energy drinks are addicting and can cause caffeine intoxication, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, seizures, and even death. Instant boosts of energy are extremely hard on your heart, liver and kidney.
Sugar alternatives such as Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, NutraSweet and aspartame can be even more dangerous than sugar itself. “The ingredients in aspartame are aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol is a chemical that breaks down and turns into formaldehyde and DKP (diketopiperazine), two chemicals known to cause problems in the nervous system.” (www.dorway.com) There are many links between them and MS, Parkinson’s, weight gain, mood disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, seizures, tumours, infertility, premature birth, diabetes and more. Diet pop seems to be the drink of choice for many diabetics, not realizing that it could be causing the problem. Many people diagnosed with MS experience a complete, or almost complete, cessation of symptoms when they stop drinking diet pop. Xylitol and pure Stevia (not Truvia, which is chemically altered) are good natural sweeteners. Proverbs 25:16 says honey in moderation is a good thing.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” This isn’t just referring to spiritual things but in every area of our lives, including our health. I believe that divine miracles are great but walking in divine health is better. Many people honestly do not connect the food they eat with their personal health. They are quick to criticize those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, but then put coffee, pop, and sugar addiction in a different category because it is more socially acceptable – especially at church functions.
From a spiritual perspective, excess sugar consumption can be linked to feeling like life has been sweet enough, so we try to make up the difference with sweet pleasures. Proverbs 16:24 says “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Maybe a good daily prescription would be to speak more words of sweet exhortation and healthy encouragement to each other, and maybe our cravings for sugar just might go down. Selah.