American Love Affair with Sugar

NBC Nightly News on Wednesday evening broadcasted a report about the debate between “natural” products containing sugar, sucrose, and if that is better than the cheaper high fructose corn syrup.  Some corn syrup refiners are fighting back with ads that point out that corn syrup is made from corn, and therefore made be more natural than standard sucrose.

The problem, though, is not whether the sugar is from one source or another.  With American diabetes and obesity continuing on the rise, does it really make a difference which form of poison you pick?

Salt has long been recognized as insidious for those who want to control their blood pressure.  It is hidden in many foods.  However, sugar is even more insidious.  While salt may be assumed to be in various prepared or canned foods, sugar is often added to foods you would not even consider sweetening.  For example, I have often been surprised to go to restaurants and order spaghetti or pizza only to gag on the amount of sugar contained in the sauce.

Sugar has long been recognized as “empty calories”.  Sugar in moderation can temporarily boost your energy to help you get over a slump in energy.  However, if not burned up right away, those calories turn into fat.  Worse, these calories may be hidden from view.  Some “health” food items have hidden sugars in them.  People will unknowingly consume these items and pack on the pounds.  They will not understand why they are unable to lose weight.

Excess salt and sugar are put into foods to make them taste better, to make the person crave more and therefore to sell more of the product.  It is basic human greed.  The act of selling something under false pretenses is an abomination to God.

A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

~ Pr 11:1

While God detests such practices, we as Christians must be aware of the deceptive practices that go on around us and protect ourselves whenever possible.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

~ Mt 10:16

The saying “moderation in all things” comes to mind.  God expects us to do things in moderation as well.

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

~ 1Co 9:25

So, be aware of the added sugars in your diet and strive to be moderate in your eating habits.  Your body will experience less stress, and you’ll feel much better.

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