Eliminating Refined Sugar

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Refined sugar is not a food. It gives us no nutrition but in fact strips our bodies of essential vitamins and minerals. Refined sugar (sucrose) has been implicated in studies to be a major contributor to a range of diseases from coronary hear disease, cancer to cataracts, emphysema, antisocial behavior, anxiety, depression and hyperactivity in children.

Refined sugar would be better classified as a poison than as a food.

Refined sugar (white, brown, demerara, raw, confectioners, powdered, cane, invert, beet and turbinado sugar are all other names for sucrose) is made from sugar cane and sugar beets. If you chew on a piece of unprocessed sugar cane it provides you with all the vitamins, minerals and plant proteins that your body need to digest the sucrose and it tastes sweet. When the sugar cane is industrially processed into refined sugar all the vitamins, minerals and proteins are stripped from it. All that is left is the sweet taste and a substance that you body can not digest.

The average American consumes 135 lbs of sugar a year! 100 years ago the average American consumed about 5ibs a year. 100 years ago coronary heart disease and cancer were virtually nonexistent. Today they are the leading causes of death amongst Americans.

When you eat refined sugar you body has a number of options. It can take valuable vitamins, minerals and proteins from other parts of your body to aid in digesting the sugar - essentially robbing you of nutrition from the healthy food you are eating. Your body can partially digest the sugar which results in other toxic chemicals being left over. One of these is pyruvic acid which accumulates in the brain and nervous system where it interferes with cell respiration. These cells can not get enough oxygen and begin to die. This is especially concerning in a young developing brain. The final option your body has is to not not try to break down the sugar but to store it. It begins in the liver. Once the liver is swollen beyond capacity the liver transforms the sugar into fatty acids that are then deposited first around muscles (usually the belly, thighs, buttocks and breasts) then around the major organs (heart and kidneys) slowing down their functioning.

For children with developmental delays sugar is especially harmful.

Many children with autism have food allergies or intolerances and as a result damaged intestinal tracts and in-balanced gut flora. Many children with developmental delays also suffer from persistent ear infections often resulting in over use of antibiotics. This all provides conditions ripe for an overgrowth of yeast (candida albicans) in the gut. Yeast feeds on sugar. It then produces toxic chemicals including alcohol. Alcohol is easily carried in the blood to the frontal lobes of the brain where it inhibits nerve growth and brain development often manifesting as:
• deceased attention span
• disruptive conduct
• irritability
• sugar cravings
• hyperactivity
• depression
• reduced fine-motor control and
• reasoning
The toxins produced by yeast in the gut also depress the immune system and leave you more sensitive to developing allergies to other foods and environmental stimuli. Hypersensitive people are also anxious and stressed. When we're stressed our bodies release cortisol and adrenaline, hormones known to have detrimental effects on all areas of the body when released chronically. Adrenaline makes cells more vulnerable and leaves you more open to infections. Infections are often treated with antibiotics with kill off all the beneficial bacteria in our guts that are there to keep to yeast down. The cycle continues.

There is no reason to use refined sugar.

Check on the back of any packaged foods you are considering giving to you child. If it contains any one of the following ingredients don't use it:
• white sugar
• brown sugar
• demerara sugar
• raw sugar
• confectioners sugar
• powdered sugar
• cane sugar
• invert sugar
• beet sugar
• turbinado sugar
• sucrose
Also avoid:
• High Fructose Corn Syrup
• Corn Syrup
• Fructose
• Aspartamine
• Artificial Flavor and preservetives
When you read the nutrition information also look at how many grams of sugar are contained in one serving. 1g = about 4 teaspoons of refined sugar

Healthy alternative sweeteners include: Brown Rice Syrup, Xilitol, Lakanto and Stevia.

Our Integrative Nutrition Counselors are available to guide you in creating a diet for your child to support physical and neurological development. They, in combination with our Autism Specialists will also help you inspire your child to eat new foods.

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