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How Refined Sugar is bad for you

Refined sugar is in everything. IN EVERYTHING! And it’s just about the worst thing for you. It’s one of the biggest killers in the world. It might not have the calories of fat, but it is even worse. And our problem is that we seem to think it is essential to give us energy. WRONG. If you look at the ingredients of any energy drink or food it has a ton of sugar in it. Talk about defeating the purpose.

 

sugar cubes

 

Here’s some fact about refined sugar from our friends over at Authority Nutrition.

  1. Added Sugar Contains No Essential Nutrients and is Bad For Your Teeth
  2. Added Sugar is High in Fructose, Which Can Overload Your Liver
  3. Overloading The Liver With Fructose Can Cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  4. The Insulin Resistance Can Progress to Type II Diabetes
  5. Sugar Can Give You Cancer
  6. Due to its Effects on Hormones and the Brain, Sugar has Unique Fat-Promoting Effects
  7. Because it Causes Massive Dopamine Release in The Brain, Sugar is Highly Addictive
  8. Sugar is a Leading Contributor to Obesity in Both Children and Adults
  9. It Ain’t The Fat… It’s SUGAR That Raises Your Cholesterol and Gives You Heart Disease

(Go to their website for more details on each of the items and the research behind them)

That just sounds terrifying doesn’t it. I mean this is the stuff that we pump into our bodies like there is no tomorrow. Here’s some more scary information about the British and their eating habits.

 

jelly beans

 

Some people even advertise that their product is low fat. Have a look at the ingredients and you will see it’s very high in sugars, which is even worse!

Fortunately there are some great people out there trying to make everyone aware of it (e.g. Dr. Robert Lustig). But they are fighting an uphill battle. The companies that sell it are spending billions on advertising. Refined sugar is cheap. And… well… it tastes good. Really there is only two ways to stop it (or at least control it). Firstly, the government needs to step in. And to an extent they have (I use the term lightly as they haven’t done much), but they need to do a lot more. I suggest writing to your local politician/congressman and asking what they are doing about this problem facing the world.

 

Donuts

 

Secondly you can control it on a personal level (which won’t solve the world’s problems, but at least you will be okay). Here’s some tips:

  1. Not all sugars are bad. Sugars from fruits etc are good for you (in moderation)
  2. Try a diet suppressant. This will help stop the cravings you might have.
  3. Coffee and tea will help you with energy
  4. Craving sugar is often used as a coping mechanism. Try and replace this with exercise or something else fun.
  5. Chew gum instead. This helps with the sugar fix.
  6. Eat good food regularly throughout the day. This stops the cravings.

Well I hope this opened your eyes to Refined Sugar. It is one of the biggest killers in the world, yet ignored.

What is a ‘Movement’

When I decided to start this website I had no idea what to call it. I came up with a million ideas, but I really couldn’t think of a name. The idea behind the site was getting people active both mentally and physically. I couldn’t think of anything that that covered that satisfactorily.

Then I thought of the term ‘movement’. It was perfect. It covered exactly what I wanted it to. Nothing gets people emotional like a ‘movement’. They change the world on a grander scheme. Now I’m not that egocentric. I know I won’t cause a movement that will change the world. But hopefully it is a start. A start to a better more sustainable future. I thought I would start this blog by giving some of the best ‘movements’ of all time. ‘Movements’ that changed the world…

 

Civil Rights Movement

Probably the most famous of them all. More than 200,000 people descended on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963 and protested for equal rights for African Americans. Led by Martin Luther King Jr.’s, the march went down in history as the most convincing event in the movement that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 

Women’s Suffrage

This mid 19th century movement led to the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. This was a vital in the ongoing struggle for woman’s rights. It’s still ongoing, but getting better year by year.

 

Antiwar Movements

There will be protests against any and every war till the end of time. The most famous of them all was the Vietnam War. It was a very unpopular war and protests sprung up everywhere. While this one wasn’t as successful as one would hope, it led to American politicians realizing that war, as a whole, was not popular.

 

Gay Rights Movement

In 1969 protests started after a gay bar was shut down by the police solely for the reason it was a gay bar. This was the trigger for large protests around the country over the following years for equal rights for gays and lesbians. Thanks to them (and protests since) gays are coming closer and closer to having equal rights to traditional married couples. A lot of countries around the world and states within America now allow gay marriages and adoptions for same sex couples. It’s only a matter of time before there is equal rights everywhere.

 

So let’s get this ‘movement’ started. Make a difference, personally and on the grander scheme. Let’s do it!!!!