Sugar

Eat natural sugar foods for intelligence. Cognition is dependent on blood sugar.

Our brains run exclusively on oxygen and glucose (or fruit sugar). That ought to give us a clue as to what our natural fuel is. Glucose is the fuel of our being.

The more (mentally and physically) active you are, the more fuel (sugar) you require. The less (mentally and physically active you are, the less fuel (sugar) you require.

Sugar is the fuel of the human body, but it must be taken in the correct form. Sugar in the diet should come from one primary source: sweet fruits with seeds.

Refined and processed sugars (e.g. high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, brown sugar) are drugs. Natural sugars are also drugs when taken in excessively through hybridized foods. Refined and hybrid sugar slips past the liver like a slipping gear. The liver tries to recognize the sugar, but for the most part, it is unidentifiable and slippage occurs as unprocessed sugar enters the blood rapidly, causing a "high," or sugar rush which has been described by many people addicted to refined sugar or even by people hooked on carrot juice.

Obviously, refined and processed sugars should be released from the diet. But even amongst certain raw foods, there are some sugars that should be avoided. I definitely recommend against the prolonged daily intake of carrot or beet juice. Both carrots and beets are extremely hybridized foods. They may heal one to a certain degree (because they are raw plant foods), but once you reach a certain level of purity, the body begins to react to the sugar. I have seen many people on carrot juice cures begin to become unbalanced as they progressed in their cleansing. If used to sweeten juices, please do not use more than one carrot or one beet per 1 quart (1 liter) of juice. You are better off using apple or pear to sweeten vegetable juice. Cucumber softens the bitterness of vegetables and is an excellent base for vegetable juices.

I also recommend against seedless fruits such as: bananas, seedless grapes, seedless oranges, pineapple, seedless watermelon, etc. These foods, are genetically altered, artificial, and loaded with hybrid sugar (however, if these foods have their seeds they are okay). A more detailed discussion of hybrid foods will follow in Lesson 16: Hybrid Food.

Hybrid sugar, like refined sugar, can overstimulate the endocrine system, unless it is mitigated with fats and green-leafed vegetables, to "lessen the shock." The glands sense the body is loaded with food, but hybrid foods (especially commercial fruits and root vegetables) are fairly empty of trace nutrients and the body signals more hunger, which leads to an overeating of hybrid sweet fruit (seedless fruit). This overeating can be stopped by eating high-quality green-leafed vegetables, which have the trace elements.

A diet heavy in hybridized sweet fruit can lead to constipation, especially if the individual is not highly active. Because excess sugar spills off into the urine, excessive urination can occur when the sugar is not being immediately utilized (due to lack of activity). Excessive urination leads to dehydration and a potassium overdose, behind which follows constipation. This process is accelerated if nuts are included in the diet (without greens) as nuts are more difficult to digest and slow digestion. If this process continues unabated, a minor diabetic condition will occur as the body is constantly urinating to spill off excess sugar.

Too much sugar in the blood calls forth alkaline minerals, such as calcium, from the bones and tissues to buffer the acidifying effects of too much sugar. These minerals are also lost with the urine. So, excessive stimulation of the body by sugars (including hybridized sweet fruit) can not only cause constipation, but can leach minerals from the body in the long term.

This condition is completely reversible through regular exercise, considerably decreasing the intake of sugary fruits, and by adding a large portion of dark green-leafy vegetables and a variety of raw plant fats to the diet (again reference The Sunfood Triangle). The best way to rehydrate the body is with green-vegetable juice. High-sodium foods, such as celery, are excellent to include to rehydrate the body and to relieve constipation as sodium counterbalances a potassium overdose (which could have contributed to constipation).

Refined and hybrid sugars in the form of sucrose (C12H22O11) actually take water away from the body. In order to break sucrose (C12H22O11) down into two molecules of glucose (C6H12O6), a molecule of water (H2O) is required. Thus, drinks or smoothies containing refined or hybrid sugar can actually make on thirstier. This is why I believe it is best to rehydrate the body with fresh green-leafy vegetable juice rather than with fruit juice. Celery/kale/cucumber juice is particularly excellent to rehydrate the body.

Excessive intake of refined and even hybridized sugar (those foods listed in the chart below with a typical glycemic index of 70 or above) can cause a hyperinsulinization of the blood. This can lead to drowsiness or fatigue.

The glycemic index is the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the blood. Consider the following glycemic index for certain foods (the higher the number, the greater the influx of sugar into the blood):

Chart: Glycemic Index

Maltose (sweetener)

152

Black Bean Soup

92

Porridge Oats

68

Glucose (pure)

138

Macaroni & Cheese

92

Pineapple Juice

66

Baked Potato

135

Beets (cooked)

88

White Spaghetti

66

Carrots (cooked)

127

Oatmeal

87

Mixed Grain Bread

64

Honey

126

Ice Cream

87

Lentil Soup

63

Cornflakes Cereal

119

Pizza (cheese)

86

Oranges

62

Rice Cakes

117

Split Pea Soup

86

Grapes

62

Pretzels

116

Carrots (juiced)

85

Wheat Spaghetti

61

Jelly Beans

114

White Rice

83

Green Peas (dried)

56

Waffle

109

Paw-Paw

83

Kidney Beans

54

Donut

108

Apricots

82

Tomato Soup

54

French Fries

107

White Pita Bread

82

Apples

53

Commercial Beer

105

Corn (cooked)

81

Yogurt

52

Corn Chips

105

Pastries

81

Whole Milk

49

Kaiser Roll

104

Potato (boiled)

81

Chickpeas

49

Mashed Potato

104

Wild Rice (Saskatchewan)

81

Pears

47

Cooked Millet

103

Seedless Bananas

79

Skim Milk

46

White Bagel

103

Popcorn

79

Apricots (dried)

44

Dates

103

Sweet Corn

78

Soy Milk

43

Watermelon (seedless) 101

Potato Chips

77

Lentils (red)

43

Millet (cooked)

101

Kiwifruit

75

Peaches

40

White Bread

100

Beets

75

Grapefruits

36

Melba Toast

100

Baked Yams

74

Plums

34

Whole-Wheat Bread

99

Frozen Peas

74

Cherries

32

Shredded Wheat

97

Watermelons

74

Nuts

16-32

Brown Rice

96

Orange Juice

74

Soybeans

20

Croissant

96

All Bran Cereal

73

Tomatoes

16

Rye Bread

95

Pumpernickel Bread

71

Green Pea Soup

94

Baked Sweet Potatoes

70

Pineapple

94

Grapefruit Juice

69

Seedless Raisins

93

Mangos

69

Cantaloupe

93

Baked Beans

69

Glycemic Index: This index compares the total amount of glucose appearing in the bloodstream after eating a food with a total amount of glucose appearing in the bloodstream after eating the same amount of carbohydrate in the form of white bread (some researchers use glucose itself, which adjusts all numbers on the chart down by about 1/3). Fruits are shown in bold for clarity.

(Sources: Foster-Powell K., Brand Miller J. "International Tables of Glycemic Index," The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," 62:871s, 1995; Jenkins, D.J.A., "The Glycemic Response to Carbohydrate Foods," Lance 2:388, 1981; Jenkins, D.J.A., "Glycemic Index of Foods: A Physiological Basis for Carbohydrate Exchange," The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 34:362-366, March 1981; and various other sources. Overall, these GI values are based on over 80 studies in the peer-reviewed literature.)

From this chart we can clearly understand which foods cause sugar problems. Cooked grains and cooked hybrid vegetables (beets, carrots, corn, potatoes) cause a greater sugar rush into the blood stream than fruit! Sugar imbalances (diabetes, hypoglycemia) are best addressed by removing refined sugars, cooked grains, and cooked or raw hybrid foods from the diet.

The chart makes evident the sugar imbalances that beer can cause. Alcoholics, in general, have a disrupted sugar metabolism, but they can find relief eating fruit as a replacement for alcohol. Regular fruit meals can keep the blood sugar levels balanced; assorted greens and plant fats can provide the B vitamins and trace minerals which are usually deficient in the alcohol consumer.

On The Sunfood Diet, those with hypoglycemia or diabetes can choose low-sugar fruits initially, then move to high-sugar fruits eventually. However, it is extremely important to mention that those with a sugar metabolism problem still need some sugar and that sugar should come from natural fruits (with seeds).

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