Oh gosh….Where do I begin?
My initial query was….Is Sugar Feeding My Cancer? Researching this topic yielded varied opinions. In the end I determined that avoiding sugar would be best for someone living with cancer.
The choices that people make daily are causing obesity and a decline in the overall health of the population. Convenience has taken priority over making health conscience decisions. In my opinion, the majority of society has become lazy and people find it much easier to pull into a fast food restaurant, purchase pre-packaged meals, ready-made condiments and beverages rather than taking a little extra time to prepare these at home from fresh ingredients. Most of these items are loaded with sugars, especially soda and condiments.
A couple of years ago I really starting paying attention to labels and using the ShopWell App on my phone. I was unaware of how much sugar I was adding to my diet just in condiments alone. Although personally I do not consume soda on a regular basis, I was shocked to learn that one regular soda contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar, if not more. There is a VIDEO on YouTube that shows the reduction process of soda and it was shocking. I am 50 years old and reflecting back to my childhood, it was a rare occasion when we were allowed to have a soda, sweets or fast food – MAYBE Burger King once a month if we begged. I was lucky that my Mama prepared all our meals at home, instilled the value of eating well and taught me to cook at a young age.
Times have changed, and the foods of convenience are a major contributor to the sugar we consume. It is saddening to see young children being fed continuous diets of processed foods high in sugar. Even more saddening is the fact that the control over their meals lies in the hands of parents and schools. Seriously, it does not require that much effort to pack a nutritious lunch for a child or for yourself. It is not a secret that these foods are unhealthy but some people refuse to give in when it comes to convenience and/or unwilling to alter their budget in order to make better decisions when it comes to what they put into their own body and the bodies of their family.
In urban areas, there are more available options and people are able to make healthier purchasing decisions. However, in rural communities lie mine, shopping for groceries can at times be challenging. I am in no way saying that it is impossible but there is the time consuming task of driving from one store to another to locate and gather healthy ingredients. In addition to being hard to find, these items are usually more expensive. I can see how this could be a struggle for families that must adhere to a budget and who lack the knowledge of how to shop and make sensible decisions. However, I am quite certain that if families were educated in nutrition, reading labels and given a certain amount to spend on food for one week they would find that choosing healthy foods would actually yield more food for amount spent.
Sugar is a major problem that is endangering our health with serious, life-threatening diseases which affect the heart, liver and other organs not neglecting to mention the dental problems that can arise. Sugar is also responsible for yeast overgrowth (candida) as well which can produce a wide variety of symptoms. The sugar issue needs to be aggressively addressed by both consumers and manufacturers. I believe that it has become an addiction itself and requires self-discipline and a little extra effort to make effective long-term changes. I also believe that products such as sodas and products high in added sugar should absolutely be taxed at a higher rate. This tax should include fruit juices with added sugar that fall into the same category because some of them contain the same amount of sugar as soda.
After viewing the videos and written resources it has become apparent that the sugar crisis is more serious that I thought and drastic programs must be implemented in order to solve it. Parents, schools, manufacturers and workplaces must unite together to make the changes necessary to ensure that future generations have a lesser risk of health conditions that are sugar related but ultimately it is up to each individual to become aware, educated, proactive and take responsibility for their own health.
There are many resources on this topic, both scientific and opinion based. Here are two I found interesting and informative.
Have a great day 🙂