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Green Your Diet Series V.8: Just Say No (to sugar that is)

We've been hearing for a while now that WHITE SUGAR IS EVIL, well I stand by that statement and here's why!

Refined (all white sugar is) white sugar has NO nutritional value. Here's a list of ailments and health problems linked to white sugar consumption:
Imbalance of neurotransmitters of the brain, enlargement of liver & kidney, hypoglycemia, yeast overgrowth, mental & emotional disorders, increase of uric acid in the blood, attention deficit disorder, weakened immune system, hyperactivity, dental cavities and weight gain.

The refining process of sugar is as follows:

1. Sugar cane is pressed to extract juice
2. Extracted juice is boiled to thicken & crystallize
3. Remaining is spun to remove syrup
4. Washed & filtered (filters are often made of charred animal bones, lovely.)

The environmental hazards grow when anything is processed. *rule of thumb- the more processed something is the worse it is for the environment. There's waste from sugar mills and the carbon dioxide released into the air when firing sugar in process stage.

There are many alternatives to white sugar, they are so easy to find it shouldn't be hard. What is hard though is when you're not the one baking, cooking or making the food or drink. That's where it gets tricky, I urge you to speak up, it's your body, why wouldn't you? Ask what sugar was used, when you find out, take the chance to educate (nicely of course) as to the alternatives available. Here are some alternatives: (which actually have small amounts of vitamins, nutrients and minerals, unlike white sugar)

Evaporated Cane Juice, Molasses, Date Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup, Barley Malt Syrup, Turbinado Sugar, Raw Unrefined Sugar, Maple Syrup, Stevia or my favorite Agave syrup.
Give one of those a try, just don't be fooled into buying "brown sugar" wanna know what that is? It's refined sugar with molasses added for color, texture and flavor, don't be fooled!

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