Every Thursday at 8pm EST thousands gather for #WellnessChat held on Twitter. The mission of #WellnessChat is to encourage, engage, educate (e3). The guest on April 11 was Laura Ingalls and we talked about the dangers of sugar. Here is the transcript of that chat in case you missed it live.

  • Humans naturally seek out sweet things. It is how our ancient ancestors identified what was safe to eat!
  • Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that occurs naturally in foods such as grains, beans, vegetables and fruit.
  • Natural sugar contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes & proteins that burn evenly, allowing your body to absorb the good stuff
  • In colonial times, when sugar was first popular in this country, the average person consumed up to 4 lbs of sugar per year.
  • Processed sugar lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber, and thus depletes the body's natural stores in order to digest it.
  • Processed sugar first pushes blood glucose levels sky-high—causing excitability, nervous tension & hyperactivity.
  • Processed sugar enters swiftly into the bloodstream & wreaks havoc on the blood sugar level.
  • Yes. Label reading is important. Sugar and salt are often added to sub-par cheap foods to make them taste better.
  • USDA recommends about 10 tsp per day–a liberal amount! Most Americans consume 30 tsp per day- 3 times the recommended amount!
  • We consume 130 POUNDS of sugar a year.
  • The 2nd reaction of sugar on blood glucose levels is to drop it extremely low causing fatigue, depression & exhaustion
  • Chocolate-glazed donut has 17g of sugar or 3 tsp. - A 16oz Starbucks Frap has 44g or 10 tsp. That’s like eating 2.5 donuts!
  • Cliff Builders Lemon Protein Bar has 23g of sugar, or 5 teaspoons.
  • Like all addictive substances, suddenly quitting sugar causes withdrawal symptoms: headaches, mood swings, cravings & fatigue
  • Added sugar accounts for 500 calories every day of the American diet. (This is why it is not calories in, calories out.)
  • I [Laura] met a brain surgeon who told me he could remove crystals of aspartame from peoples heads during surgery.
  • Ugh, aspartame. Don't get me [Laura] started. It makes people even more HUNGRY!!
  • Quitting sugar will not be easy, it won’t feel good, it may even feel really bad, but have faith those feelings won’t last.
  • Sugar qualifies as an addictive substance similar to caffeine & tobacco. Eating even a small amount creates a desire for more.
  • Sugar is often labeled in fancy language corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose, fructose, “ose” & “syrup” are sugar giveaways.
  • It's no surprise to find sugar in sweets but it is also found in canned veggies, baby food, peanut butter, bread & pasta sauce.
  • Why does Big Food add sugar to products? To make you addicted to them = customer for life.
  • Cancer feeds on sugar.
  • The average child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar A DAY. And we wonder why they have problems?!
  • Artificial sugars & HFCS contribute to these stats. It's not like we're eating too many fruits/veggies.
  • Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. (Wonder why you can't kick the soda?)
  • Can everyone pledge to stop drinking soda? Please? It's the best eco-friendly choice you can make!


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