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Refined sugar causes harm to the brain

The sweetness of sugar is a taste that brings joy to most people. It is a part of special occasions and kids get “treats” of candy or cookies for being good. What is rarely considered is that sugar doesn’t have the same sweet affect on the brain. On average, Americans eat too much refined sugar, up to 135 pounds annually per person. This product is commonly made from sugar cane or sugar beets that have been through a heating, mechanical and chemical process that literally removes all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes and nutrient in the food. The only thing that’s left is sugar. This is why it is known as an empty calorie substance.

Many nutrition experts call white sugar a drug because of its additive quality and knowing the effect it has on the brain helps to understand why. Eating sugar robs the cells of needed B vitamins which inhibits insulin production. As a result, high glucose levels are released into the bloodstream. One of the keys to orderly brain function is glutamic acid an excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. This compound is found in many vegetables and can be disrupted by eating sugar.

Eating sugar disrupts normal bacteria in the intestines that manufacture B vitamin complexes causing the B vitamins to start dying. When B vitamin complex levels decline, the glutamic acid is not processed. Results can be sleepiness, a decrease in short-term memory function, and a confused state of mind. Another effect of deficits to neurotransmitters are an association with diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. In other words, eating sugar does so much more than tickle your taste buds. It actually destroys vital elements in your body, increases your stress, and negatively affects your brain. It might be time to consider putting refined sugar out of your life