Our bodies need several B vitamins, minerals such as chromium and zinc, fiber and other nutrients in order to assimilate sugar. These occur naturally in sugar cane or sugar beets from which table sugar is derived. However, an over-enthusiastic concern for “hygienic” foods has led to the excessive food processing of which sugar is a prime example. In the early days of industrialization dark, raw sugar was used sparingly. This sugar contained molasses, a sticky residue of cane juice, highly concentrated in vitamins and minerals and with a specific taste, which could cause diarrhea when eaten to excess. To promote the consumption of white sugar, a rumor was initiated by the newly built sugar refineries and some biased scientists, that raw sugar was unhygienic and therefore unsafe to eat. Eventually the concept was accepted paving the way for the current wide use of refined white sugar in western countries.
This white sugar, which has had all of its component nutrients refined out of it, contains nothing but pure sucrose. When we eat it we force our digestive systems to secrete vitamins, minerals and excesses of insulin from its own stores in order to digest it. Eating small amounts of white sugar now and then may not do much harm but eating large amounts day by day depletes our bodies of beneficial nutrients and can cause insulin production to rise to dangerous levels. In addition a shortage of the B vitamins is almost sure to lead to fatigue, indigestion, nervousness and constipation.
Chromium deficiency has been found to be a major culprit in arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart attacks. Zinc deficiency will not only harm one’s sex life, but causes and increased craving for sugar. Excessive secretions of insulin can trigger the development of obesity, diabetes, hypoglycemia and several other diseases. It can also depress the production of growth hormones which not only help children to grow, but also encourages the cells to multiply which ensure immunity against infection and other disease processes.
Also, sugar is implicated in the yeast based infections which literally millions of people, particularly women, are prone to. Yeast germs thrive on sugar, rather like tooth decay and meningitis germs. To grow germs in the laboratory sugar is almost always added to the culture medium to aid growth. We all have yeast present in our systems but when it thrives to more than acceptable levels due to excess consumption of sugar, it puts out a toxin which is detrimental to health.
Brown sugar has a slightly higher nutritional value than white sugar but refined white sugar is completely devoid of protein, vitamins and minerals and is not considered nutritious. Fruits, however, are another natural source of sugar and as well as containing adequate supplies of vitamins, essential for digestion and metabolism, they also provide necessary bulk in our diet.