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 Sugar: The "White Death"

Why is sugar so toxic to the body? Often referred to as White Death, certainly defines the difference between when a food is a food, and when it is a poison. In 1957 Dr. William Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals.


Sugar consumption forms “toxic metabolites” such as pyruvic acid and abnormal sugars containing five carbon atoms. Pryuvic acid, according to Dr. Martin, accumulates in the brain and nervous system and the abnormal sugars in the red blood cells. Umm, none of that sounds like good news – right?


Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists call “empty” calories. More importantly, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand of its digestion, detoxification and elimination upon one’s entire system.


Excess sugar affects every organ in our body. Initially it is stored in the liver, but the liver’s capacity is limited. Daily intake of refined sugar soon makes the liver expand until, when filled to its maximum, the excess is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and thighs. But wait – there’s more!


When these harmless places are completely filled, the fatty acids are then distributed among active organs; heart and kidneys. As they begin to slow down, their tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The whole body is affected and abnormal blood pressure is created. Soon the parasympathetic nervous system is affected and organs governed by it: the small brain becomes inactive or paralyzed.


Next the circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded and the red corpuscles begin to change. With an overabundance of white cells our body’s tolerance and immunizing power becomes limited and we cannot respond properly to extreme attacks like cold, heat, mosquitoes or microbes. Too much sugar makes one sleepy and our ability to calculate and remember is slowly lost.


That’s the whole ugly story. I have shown you this medical evidence to make it easier for you to choose healthy eating habits, and lose those extra pounds. None of us have to give up sweets – but we will substitute natural sugars, such as honey. Our glycemic index list can be found with its scientific value beside each food item anywhere on the Internet. But let’s begin with some simple choose or refuse choices.


Foods to choose… baked, broiled, grilled or steamed

Foods to refuse… breaded, fried, deep fried or sautéed


These would include all meats, seafood, vegetables and skinless poultry.


Fruits to choose… berries, melons, grapes, kiwi, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, plum, pineapple, tangerine

Fruits to refuse… bananas, candied fruit, coconut, dates, dried fruit, fruit juices, fruit preserves, fruit sauces, mangos, marmalade, raisins


These are general categories – listed without their glycemic count


Breads & Cereals to choose… 100% sprouted wheat, 100% whole wheat, multi-grain, oat-bran bread, pita-whole wheat, pumpernickel, rye, whole grain, unsweetened bran cereals, muesli-low fat, no sugar added, oat bran, oats, oatmeal, pulled wheat-unsweetened, rice bran

Breads & Cereals to refuse… Bagels (all), chips (all), cornbread, crackers (all), croissants, donuts, English muffins, granola (all), melba toast, pastries, pancakes (all), pita bread (white), popcorn, popcorn cakes, rice cakes, rolls (dinner, hamburg, etc), tortillas (except whole wheat), waffles.


Use this as your ‘starting point’ to immediately lower your sugars and within days you will be pleasantly surprised. Of all the foods we take for granted in our lifetime, refined sugar is the most dangerous. Omit this first from your diet, then move on to the “choose and refuse” step. Lastly, print a glycemic index list and keep your foods in the low-glycemic range.



Esther Smith, author

Smith is well versed in nutrition, but you don’t have to be a doctor to know the difference between a donut and an apple. Eat healthy and win. For more on the glycemic index list go here:

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