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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Scientific evidence against sugar has been mounting for decades. As early as 1933, research showed that increased consumption of sugar caused an increase in various disease conditions in school children. Sugar, especially fructose, has been shown to shorten life in numerous animal experiments. Sugar consumption has recently been cited as the root cause of anorexia and eating disorders...

Numerous subsequent studies have positively correlated sugar consumption with heart disease. These results are far more unequivocal than the presumed association of heart disease with saturated fats....The food processing industry--America's largest industry--has a tremendous interest in confining this research to scientific publications stored in the basements of our medical libraries. If the public were made aware of the dangers of refined carbohydrate consumption and took steps to reduce it, this powerful industry would shrink to a fraction of its size. The food fabricators don't need animal fats to produce junk food for a profit; but they do need vegetable oils, white flour and sugar.

More plagues than heart disease can be laid at sugar's door....Sugar [is] a causative factor in kidney disease, liver disease, shortened life span,...atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Sugar consumption is associated with hyperactivity, behaviour problems, lack of concentration
and violent tendencies. Sugar encourages the overgrowth of candida albicans, a systemic fungus in the digestive tract, causing it to spread to the respiratory system, tissues and internal organs. Sugar consumption is positively associated with cancer in humans and test animals. Tumors are known to be enormous sugar absorbers. Research indicates that it is the fructose, not the glucose, moiety of sugar that is the most harmful, especially for growing children. Yet the greatest increase in sugar consumption during the last two decades is from
high fructose corn syrup used in soft drinks, ketchup and many other fabricated foods aimed at children."

-from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, available at www.chapters.ca.

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