The very high cost of Sugar
The actual price of sugar is very low but the bill from the damage it’s caused to billions of people is astronomical. Some may be impressed or pleased with how the price has plummeted with the development of modern sugar processing but we were better off when it was comparatively as expensive as caviar and a rare treat for the majority. As Jeff O’Connell stated in Sugar Nation, (2010), “Sugar gave rise to the slave trade, now sugar has enslaved us.”
It has a reputation for being a source of quick energy but all the damage that comes along with that quick energy makes it so not worth it. Devoid of any nutrient needed, and producing weight gain and elevated blood glucose levels, it has been the deliverer of much ill health, acute and chronic in this country and indeed throughout the world.
Most people in the U.S. would adamantly refuse to believe they are average statistically when it comes to sugar intake – a little over one hundred pounds a person per year. But few of us realize how that sugar is delivered to us. The intake of table sugar has declined but our intake of sugar from other sources such as processed foods and soft drinks, has increased. So much has been cleverly slipped into our food that we have no idea we consumed it. Even the supposedly good sugars like agave, molasses and honey are, primarily, sugar and of very, very little value.
The sad fact is, we’ve been sold a bill of goods and are suffering for it. Food producers and others that make their living delivering food to consumers have profited and we are paying the price. After weeks of reading on multiple aspects of this dirty little secret, I’m distilling it to one simple statement: avoid sugar at all costs, and fill your stomach with healthy foods that aren’t processed or grown using pesticides or other chemicals. There is nothing good to be said for sugar, nothing at all.