Death by Sweets, just one more bite.

Have you ever felt as if you have eaten so much chocolate cake that your going to explode?

Well let me tell you, eating a chocolate cake may be the least of your worries.

Each day we are faced with a sweet life. Sugar dominates us.

Sugar is the number one killer. Sugar is the main cause in diabetes and obesity. With sugar in your weekly eating plan, all diets will fail.

We have all be told that the sugar is a poison. We must ask ourselves, is sugar really toxic?

The argument that sugar is a toxin depends on some technical details. Everyones body is different and we each get energy from different types of sugar. The sugar that we eat today is in two forms: processed table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. A molecule of table sugar, or sucrose, is a bond between one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule—two simple sugars with the same chemical formula, but slightly different atomic structures. The corn field industry revolutionised sugar production. Corn devised  glucose syrup was the cheapest form way to convert into fructose. Fructose is about twice as sweet as glucose, it is also a much cheaper alternative. Thus, mixing the two was an appealing alternative to sucrose from sugarcane and beets.

Glucose travels through the bloodstream to all of our tissues, because every cell readily converts glucose into energy. In contrast, liver cells are one of the few types of cells that can convert fructose to energy, which puts the onus of metabolizing fructose almost entirely on one organ. The liver accomplishes this primarily by turning fructose into glucose and lactate. Eating exceptionally large amounts of fructose taxes the liver: it spends so much energy turning fructose into other molecules that it may not have much energy left for all its other functions. A consequence of this energy depletion is production of uric acid,  which research has linked to gout, kidney stones and high blood pressure.

The human body strictly regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose stimulates the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin, which helps remove excess glucose from blood, and bolsters production of the hormone leptin, which suppresses hunger. Fructose does not trigger insulin production and appears to raise levels of the hormone grehlin, which keeps us hungry. Some researchers have suggested that large amounts of fructose encourage people to eat more than they need.

In studies with animals and people by Kimber Stanhope of the University of California Davis and other researchers, excess fructose consumption has increased fat production, especially in the liver and raised levels of circulating triglycerides, which are a risk factor for clogged arteries and cardiovascular disease. Some research has linked a fatty liver to insulin resistance – a condition in which cells become far less responsive to insulin than usual, exhausting the pancreas until it loses the ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels.

Avoiding sugar is not a panacea. Creating a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. I like to use the famous quote, “You Are What You Eat…”. This phrase coins the idea that however we treat and put through our bodies, the body will in return react accordingly.

For the diet and health conscious, The Cake King wants t be on board this journey with you, in trying to minimise the medical side effects created by excessive amounts of sugar. I hope that you all find this blog helpful in showing the everyday household’s recipe’s can be altered to be a healthier everyday choice.

Stay tuned my fellow bakers, decorators and readers, I will be posting some more low in added sugar recipes this week.

– The Cake King

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