You hear of people going on "sugar fasts" or on a "sugar detox." These folks give up sugar for a limited period and testify of positive changes, including weight-loss, better moods, and having more energy.
Sugar in itself is not bad. It's essential for your cells. Each of your cells need sugar to operate -- you could see sugar as being the gas for your cells. Without sugar, you will die -- to put it plainly.
So, sugar is not the enemy here. However, an over-consumption of sugar could do terrible things to you, especially to your mood.
If you are finding that you are ill-tempered, always getting nightmares, and perhaps have frequent suicidal thoughts, look at how much sugar you are consuming. Your body is probably so overloaded with sugar that your brain is going crazy!
Sugar gives you energy by boosting your adrenaline (epinephrine) levels. Ever noticed that your heart rate and respiration would increase whenever you have a lot of sugar? It's because the sugar is helping your body pump out a ton of adrenaline.
When you have too much adrenaline going on, you cannot focus, sleep, or sit still. You are fidgety because there is a load of energy that's ready to burst from you!
But too much adrenaline production over a lengthy time frame is bad for your blood pressure. When your blood pressure gets too high for too long, your arteries get damaged, leading to heart disease and stroke.
Along with the over-production of adrenaline is the over-production of cortisol, which is a fight-or-flight hormone. It's the hormone that gets you ready to fight off a robber or to run away from a dog. This hormone is supposed to last for a few seconds. But if this hormone is pumped out for too long, it could damage your body by breaking down your skin, bones, muscles, immune system, etc.
Eventually, too much production of these "stress hormones" could screw up your natural pacemaker in your heart, causing your heart to have skipped beats or messed-up beats. If your heart's electrical system is hey-wired, your heart could stop working altogether.
Too much sugar could also change your moods, possibly by interfering with the production of mood stabilizing hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. If your "mood stabilizers" are imbalanced, your mood could be either foul or overly positive. Everybody is certainly different when it comes to sugar consumption. For some people, too much sugar might make them very happy. With others, too much sugar could make them depressed, irritable, or even suicidal.
Sugar is sugar, whether you synthesize it in a laboratory or get it from fruit. But our problem in the U.S. is that we have so much "concentrated sugar" -- that is, products that are mostly or entirely made of sugar.
Soda is nothing but sugar water with carbon dioxide to give the drink that fizzy sensation. One can of soda has about 110 calories, and all of it is from sugar.
Gummy candies are nothing but liquified sugar that congealed into a gummy form -- with extra flavor and coloring.
Hard candies such as lollipops and Tootsie Rolls are liquified sugar that hardened up -- with extra flavor and coloring.
Simply put: all candy is made by melting sugar and letting it get hard. With gummy candies, they have extra additives to keep the sugar from getting rock-hard.
Sugar is also loaded in other things that you don't think about, such as salad dressing, granola bars, yogurt, fruit juices, cereals, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and gum.
You are probably overloaded with sugar and don't even realize it.
Heck, your kids are probably overloaded with sugar, but you don't realize it.
Ever wonder why is it that more and more kids are getting ADHD these days? Kids are sensitive to sugar, and too much of it could make their kidneys produce a ton of adrenaline -- which is why they can't focus on school work!
If you think sugar is affecting you in a negative way, reduce the amount you are consuming for two weeks and see how you feel. The first week may be insane for you, but the second week might be where you could actually see good results.
Remember that sugar is not the enemy. Over-consumption of sugar is the enemy.