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Health Effects of Refined Sugar


Can you survive longer on….a diet of water and refined sugar or a diet of just water?

What we are about to tell you, might shock you. That’s right, you can survive longer on water only. It may sound unbelievable, but history has shown it is true. Five sailors that were ship wrecked in 1793 found out the hard way.

With a ship full of sugar, the five sailors had access to water and sugar. They were rescued in 9 days, but were already in horrible conditions due to starvation.

Francois Magendie, a French physiologist, found the condition the sailors were in interesting. He held an experiment with canines; in which he fed them a diet of sugar. The canines did not survive. The results of the experiment were that when a steady diet is of refined sugar, is more harmful than not eating at all.

Is it possible that sugar is more detrimental then nothing at all? Yes! Refined sugar is an anti-nutrient.

When sugar cane is harvested, it is put through a refining process before it is used. The refining process removes all of the fiber, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. The final product is void of nutrients.

In order to metabolize sugar, the body requires those nutrients that were removed when it was refined. They are then taken from your body when you consume refined sugar. So when you are enjoying a sweet snack, the sugar is removing important nutrients from you.

  • Produces a false sense of hunger because of the quick rise and fall of your blood sugar levels. This can cause you to eat more than necessary.
  • Stimulates aging, when insulin levels are always high due to consuming large amounts of sugar causing advanced glycatiom end products.
  • Deteriorates bones and teeth, by drawing calcium from your body. This can cause osteoporosis and make your teeth more susceptible to cavities.
  • When your liver runs out of room to store sugar, your body stores it as fat. This fat is deposited all over your body, including your thighs, hips, and belly.
  • Sugar can even affect brain functions, due to the lack of B-vitamin production.

That is not all sugar does to your body, when excess sugar is consumed it can cause: constipation, hormonal imbalances, depressed immune system, increased emotional instability, varicose veins, and higher chances of cancer and degenerative diseases!

How much sugar do you consume a day? The average person has 46 teaspoons every single day. That is just about 175 pounds every year.

Sugar is in just about everything you eat, just look at any label the next time you eat something. The sugar industry is very big and has found a way to put sugar in most foods. It is in spaghetti sauce, oatmeal, peanut butter, crackers, ketchup, and even healthier options!


You have a choice; you can decide what you eat and what you don’t. After reading this, you may think about sugar differently.

Everything else you consume has a caloric intake and is in some way nutritional, this is not the case with sugar. Sugar is only addicting and offers many health risks.

Be smart about your sugar intake, and you will enjoy the great benefits of a low sugar diet. To help get a jump on things, go ahead and contact us for an assessment! We will get you started on a healthy workout plan to go along with that new diet.

You can download a copy of this article Refined Sugar, The Anti-nutrient here.