By Dean L. Jones, CPM
The human body receives a boost of superficial energy from eating processed sugar. This is due in part because it promotes the release of the chemical dopamine, also called the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. Dopamine is what gives that rush sought after from habitual drug use. This can become quite critical for those who have worked to kick the bad habit of using drugs, and may miss that dopamine rush. But, without thinking may turn to eating sugary-filled products to help fill that void.
Eating processed sugar can trick the mind so much as causing confusion to not know if one’s self really has an honest intention to stop the addiction, thereby making its consumption very unhealthy for recovering addicts. Living to have that daily coffee with added sugar to get going in the morning is almost certainly an addictive habit. Being unable to start without drinking a sugary cola is similar to craving an alcoholic drink upon waking. For all intents and purposes, eating processed sugar is like taking drugs, as it too is not human food!
Science reveals that processed sugar is a pure chemical composition resembling cocaine’s makeup. Processed sugar (Sucrose) has the chemical formula C12H22O11, (12 carbon atoms, 22 hydrogen atoms, 11 oxygen atoms). Cocaine’s chemical formula is C17H21NO4, having a difference from processed sugar in only ‘N’, or the nitrogen atom.
Heavy consumption of processed sugar-sweetened sodas cause 183,000 deaths each year worldwide, including 133,000 diabetic deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths. The main problem is that processed sugar has fructose and it alone is very wearing on the liver organ, in much the same manner as drinking alcohol. Whole fruits contain fructose, however they come complete with fiber that prevents fructose from being dreadful to the body.
Food manufacturers and retailers have knowledge on the dangers of eating processed sugar, which is why I wonder if they have honest intentions when making it enthusiastically accessible for purchase. USA grocery stores stock their shelves with 77% of packaged food items containing added processed sugar. Outlandish when since September 2009, the American Heart Association has strongly recommended to limit the daily intake of added sugar to 6-teaspoons (24 grams) for women and 9-teaspoons (36 grams) for men per day.
I am still mindful of former President Reagan’s 2-term administration that maliciously sponsored cocaine trade to urban gangs via the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It then incarcerated thousands, while the surviving drug users still recover and may be unconsciously turned on by consuming processed sugar. Public and private institutions may be taking advantage of those past sinister intentions by fallaciously furnishing addictive food supplies. Our butchered cities are healing, but suffering ensues in the wake of that intended battering. I guess Let’s Move and an abruptly invoked universal healthcare are honest intentions of atonement.
Dean Jones, Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributes his view on consuming various unwholesome packaged foods and beverages.