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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wish I'd had a V-8...

I love those V-8 commercials on TV, but especially the one where the Mom keeps saying she's going to have a French fry over and over again. She finally gets bopped on the forehead by her little girl sitting  in a stroller, because she "could of had a V-8 instead...! Well today was one of those "Wish I'd had a V-8" days for me...

It's been almost a year and half since I went gluten free, and as you well know by now if you have been following me on the blog, is that I definitely have a sweet tooth. You will find various recipes for brownies, cookies, and sweets on the blog, many of which are loaded with sugar!!!

Yesterday when I finally realized I definitely needed to drink more water for health reasons....da! Who knew...I am not a big fan of water, nor milk, as we were raised on well water when kids, and milk straight from the cow poured into a cooler with lots of cream floating on the top. I guess old habits never die as the saying goes...especially when it comes to my sweets. Every Friday home made rolls, along with pies or cinnamon rolls, awakened our taste buds straight from the oven when arriving home from school.

Today however it hit me like a ton of bricks, or should I say like a V-8 moment, when I was searching the web for a sugar free version of a Angel food cake recipe for my diabetic husband. What the heck am I doing??? I have a diabetic husband, and I have been  baking everything he really needs to avoid! Thank goodness he is not much of a sweet eater...

What really put the icing on the cake (no pun intended) was when I came upon a list of 78 reasons NOT to use sugar...I knew sugar could cause cavities, give you a sugar rush, and can elevate your blood sugar, but 78 reasons....REALLY???

So I started reading the list. Wow! If this didn't make me want to run to the cupboard and throw out everything that contained sugar, I don't know what would. So from now on you will hopefully be seeing more sugar free dessert recipes posted, or recipes with less sugar content, as I engage yet in another way of living... I hope to keep my husband around for awhile longer, and also myself...The old adage, " What you don't know won't hurt you," definitely does not apply here...

As for me, I am still recuperating  from the pinched nerve in my neck, and the occasional numbness it causes in my left arm, but I hope to be back soon posting more healthier recipes for those of us who have a sweet tooth. In the mean time I will be searching the web, and cookbooks, for recipes using less sugars or sugar free substitutes.

So until then, here is the list I mentioned from above...

78 reasons NOT to use sugar:

1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
5. Sugar can adversely affect children's school grades.
6. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
7. Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
8. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
9. Sugar can reduce helpful high-density cholesterol.
10. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol.
11. Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
12. Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
13. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
14. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
15. Sugar can cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women.
16. Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
17. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
18. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
19. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood vessels.
20. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
21. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
22. Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
23. Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
24. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair.
25. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
26. Sugar can promote tooth decay.
27. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
28. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
29. Sugar can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
30. Sugar can cause arthritis.
31. Sugar can cause asthma.
32. Sugar can cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
33. Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
34. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
35. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.
36. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
37. Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
38. Sugar can indirectly cause hemorrhoids.
39. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
40. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
41. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
42. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
43. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
44. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
45. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
46. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
47. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
48. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
49. Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
50. Sugar causes food allergies.
51. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
52. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
53. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
54. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
55. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
56. Sugar can cause cataracts.
57. Sugar can cause emphysema.
58. Sugar can cause arteriosclerosis.
59. Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
60. Sugar lowers the enzymes' ability to function.
61. Sugar can cause loss of tissue elasticity and function.
62. Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
63. Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
65. Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
67. Sugar can cause constipation.
68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
70. Sugar can cause hypertension.
71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
72. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the minds ability to think clearly.
73. Sugar can cause depression.
74. Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
75. Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
76. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
77. Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots.
78. Sugar can increase the risk of Alzheimer Disease.

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