In 1900 the average American ate 5 lbs of sugar per year. Today, the typical American eats close to 200 lbs of sugar each year and 20 lbs of high fructose corn syrup. This dietary change is one of the leading health risks to human beings.
Our ancestral diet, derived less than 40% of it's daily calories from carbohydrates and virtually all them were in the form of fruits and vegetables. Today's western diet derives over 50% of our daily calories from carbohydrates with the vast majority coming from refined sugars, corn syrup and processed grains – and less than 25% from fruits and vegetables.
Our ancestors, pre-agricultural humans, consumed three times the fruit and vegetables that westerners do today. Dr James Chestnut one of the world's leading wellness experts describes it this way, "virtually every non fruit or vegetable carbohydrate is toxic and every non fiber carbohydrate is toxic".
There is a much larger issue here than the fact that obesity rates have tripled since the 1970s, but more importantly, that refined sugars are a leading cause of the so called modern day conditions such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, depression, attention deficit syndrome, tooth decay, impaired neurological function and suppression of our immune system.
The list of sugar associated health problems is staggering.
The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study where drinking just one 12 oz. can of soda each day increased our risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 50%. This includes high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides and a greater propensity towards diabetes and heart disease. And specifically found a 30% increased risk for diabetes. The study revealed that the health problems occurred whether the soda was sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Spinal subluxation is caused by stressors to our nerve system, whether these stressors are emotional, physical or chemical. Since refined sugars are one of our most common chemical stressors we can readily see how this major toxin to our nerve system contributes to the vertebral subluxation complex, further complicating sugar's health risk to us.
I list foods into four categories.
1. My ALWAYS list, which includes the foods that I eat every day: such as raw, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts.
2. The SOMETIMES list which includes dried fruits, cooked vegetables and foods such as organic grass fed beef, chicken or cold water fish.
3. My RARELY list contains cheeses, hearty breads, sugars and whole grains.
4. And The NEVER-NEVER list, which is all processed foods with chemical sweeteners, additives and preservatives.
So, save your sugar consumption for those special occasions, on what we call the RARELY list.
And when you do choose to indulge in a sugary treat, keep it high-grade. Keep it natural. Do not ever feel guilty about it and always wash it down with a large glass of friends and family.