Sugar and diabetes
Prolonged exposure to a lot of sugars, therefore, poses a serious threat to your energy metabolism (including your insulin regulation) and could lead to type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is therefore directly related to difficulties in regulating blood sugar. Note that too much blood sugar is toxic for your organs and could even lead to death, but too little sugar is not desirable either, as it can put you into a comatose condition (hypoglycemia).Therefore, diabetics always carry rapidly absorbable sugars (grape sugar) with them, so that if their blood sugar threatens to reach the critical lower limit, they can artificially increase it. Fortunately, under normal circumstances, a healthy body possesses a highly sophisticated and well-regulated bloodsugar control mechanism that will protect you from severe highs and lows. So if your blood sugar level drops, for example when you have been fasting, your body releases some of the body’s own (endogenous) stored sugars (glycogen) into the bloodstream. And even if you are low in glycogen (glycogen-depleted; for instance, when on a keto-diet or when fasting) your body can convert certain parts of fat and protein molecules into (blood) sugar to guarantee that minimum amount of blood sugar.
The benefits of less: sugars and dental health
One of the best things you could actually do is to refrain from any processed foods that contain so many of these simple sugars. Not only does eating less sugar have metabolic benefits, but it also significantly reduces tooth decay. In Nigeria, for example, where way fewer small sugars are eaten, only 2% of the population shows signs of dental deterioration. And note that that is the average across all age groups! For comparison: in the Netherlands, in 2014 only 20-31% of 20-year-olds had unaffected teeth; meaning that at least 70% suffer from dental decay! Such dental spoilage is mainly caused by the fact that oral bacteria love small sugars and once they make contact with them, they start fermenting them. This increases the acidity in your mouth, which affects the tooth enamel. Sweet foods that stick easily to your teeth are particularly bad. These include not only sweets, but also cookies, crackers, and chips. It’s also important to note that it’s not only a matter of avoiding such products: reducing the number of attacks on the teeth (i.e. fewer “eating moments”, for example by means of intermittent fasting) can also help. Cultural storyteller Pie Aerts, who is a good friend of mine, captures the stories of indigenous peoples from all over the world, in a particularly vibrant way. He told me about hunter-gatherer people in Papua New Guinea who lived in an environment that offered very little variation in terms of available foods. They were vital people, which you could tell from the way they were built and how they moved: elegantly and efficiently. They were relatively living a simple life, but are very happy at the same time; you saw that especially when they laughed. Or as Aerts put it: “The average natural set of teeth in that community was no worse than the best-made teeth you could find in Hollywood.” How did that happen? Their main food source was the Rhynchophorus ferrugineus larvae, also known as the red palm weevil. A greasy, white-yellow, maggot-like larva that has a coating mouthfeel and tastes just as fat and creamy as it looks. No sweet snacks to satisfy hunger, no tooth decay either.
The choice is huge
In recent years I have come to see more and more that sugars might be the big evil. It’s better started in black and white, especially since we just find it too difficult to resist sugars. Of course, there are also good forms of sugar, especially in fruit and vegetables. And yes, joy and deliciousness are also part of life, even when health is one of your main goals. Consciously choosing the good-tasting evil stuff is really okay in time. But our collective taste for small, processed sugars has reached uncontrollable levels and leads to their excessive consumption, on a scale at which damage is guaranteed. Yes, too much sugar is the cause of many, many health problems.
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