In theory, most of us know that sugar is not good for us. However, I fear that most of us do not know the extent to which it can be toxic for us. Sugar can cause cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Some researchers will say that it is as bad as smoking! And while cigarettes and smoking at least gets a bad rep, sugar does not get nearly as bad a rep.
In fact, our culture associates sugar with positive interactions such as birthday and anniversary celebrations. Imagine your friends gifting you a pack of cigarettes on your birthday? That sounds crazy, no? Then why do we celebrate birthdays with sugar? Sugar can be as toxic as cigarettes.
However, I understand that it might be hard for people to completely eliminate sugar. Which is why, I have some solutions for you! If you are using added sugar, try replacing it with allulose, stevia or xylitol. They are non-nutritive artificial sweeteners and mice studies (note that human studies data is preliminary) would say that they are not harmful and can in fact even be good for you in terms of controlling blood glucose.
But, not all artificial sweeteners are good and in fact most of them have side effects. Aspartame found in Diet Coke can cause weight gain, depression, heart disease, and damage to the gut. So it’s important to pick the safe alternatives.
I’ve written about the toxicity of sugar and safe artificial sweetener substitutes in greater detail here.