Sugar is also known as White Poison because that is what it is. From diabetes to cancer this white crystalline food item has been found guilty of being the culprit. Every culture in the world except for those living in the forests has been consuming sugar. Nowhere else is it consumed and celebrated more than in India. Good for doctors treating diabetes patients but bad for the rest of us.
Sugar gives a sudden burst of energy when consumed and this is the reason it is used in sports drinks. But the long-term effect of consuming sports drinks far outweigh the benefits.
Sugar has been found to be responsible for the following health problems – weight gain due to deep belly fat, increase in chances of heart diseases, development of acne (pimples) in adolescents, increase in chances of Type 2 diabetes, increase in chances of being afflicted by cancer and speeding up the aging process.
The best substitutes for Sugar are Palm Jaggery and Honey. Palm Jaggery contains Vitamin B, Iron, and Calcium and is highly recommended for pregnant and lactating women as they should never consume sugar. For details of good quality honey without adulteration by use of sugar syrup please visit FitTuber on YouTube. FitTuber has reviewed not only honey but all food and consumer products available in India and ranked the brands on the basis of toxicity.
Maida is also known as White Flour or Refined Wheat Flour. The nearest substitute available in the West is known as All-Purpose Flour. Wheat is refined in a factory where the bran is removed and the flour is then sieved. The sieved flour is passed through chlorine gas to bleach it which gives it the desirable white color. Maida is known to increase the chances of being affected by cancer.
Maida affects women in particular as its consumption may lead to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Two widely consumed food items that contain high levels of Maida are Parotta and Biscuits. The Indian government was toying with the idea of banning Maida altogether. But they realized that parotta is the only food item that is commonly available throughout India and hundreds of thousands of people would lose their jobs and businesses if Maida is banned. So the government gave up the idea. Biscuits are eaten in large quantities by all people across social status and geographical location. Now some companies have come out with a healthy substitute called Digestive Biscuit made of whole wheat flour. But this has not caught on. Ultimately it is up to us to decide how healthy we want to be. We can either choose food items made of maida or we can choose to lead a healthy life.
3. FRUIT JUICES
The more concentrated sugar and calories in fruit juice can lead to obesity and inappropriate weight gain. Excessive weight gain is associated with high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and other negative health issues later in life. The difference is that the sugar in fruit juice is natural. But as far as the human body is concerned there is no difference between processed white sugar and the natural sugar found in fruit juice.
Research has shown that people who drink fruit juice on a regular basis are prone to more illness and die earlier. Nutrition experts agree that juice consumption can, over time, lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, and more belly fat. There is also evidence that drinking sugar makes us gain more weight and leads to more tooth decay, Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, and heart diseases.
So please don’t consume fruit juice on a daily basis thinking it is good for your health. It is not.
Eating fruits is a better option than drinking juice.
4. SWEETENED BREAKFAST CEREALS
Cold cereals are easy, convenient food. Many boast impressive health claims or try to promote the latest nutrition trend. But are these cereals as healthy as they claim to be? Most of this sugar comes from processed foods — and breakfast cereals are among the most popular processed foods that are high in added sugars. In fact, most cereals list sugar as the second or third ingredient.
Starting the day with a high-sugar breakfast cereal will spike blood sugar and insulin levels. A few hours later, blood sugar may crash, and our body will crave another high-carb meal or snack — potentially creating a vicious cycle of overeating. Excess consumption of sugar may also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Breakfast cereals are marketed as healthy — with boxes featuring health claims like “low-fat” and “whole-grain.” Yet, their first listed ingredients are often refined grains and sugar. Small amounts of whole grains don’t make these products healthy. Studies show that these health claims are an effective way to mislead people into believing that these products are healthier.
Food manufacturers specifically target children. Companies use bright colors, cartoon characters, and action figures to attract children’s attention. Unsurprisingly, this causes children to associate breakfast cereals with entertainment and fun. This also affects taste preferences. Studies show that some children prefer the taste of foods that have popular cartoon characters on the packaging.
Exposure to food marketing is even considered a risk factor for childhood obesity and other diet-related diseases. These same products often have misleading health claims as well. While the colors and cartoons make the products more appealing to children, the health claims make the parents feel better about buying such products for their kids.
If you eat cereal, read the ingredients list and approach health claims with skepticism. The best cereals are high in fiber and low in sugar. Many healthier breakfast options exist. Whole, single-ingredient foods — such as oat porridge or the Indian Kanji — are a great choice. Preparing a healthy breakfast from whole foods is not only simple but starts the day with plenty of nutrition.
5. FRIED, GRILLED OR BROILED FOOD
When we fry, grill, or bake foods — also called dry-heat cooking — foods produce substances called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Higher levels of AGEs have been linked to insulin resistance, stress on the body’s cells, and inflammation, according to researchers.
These toxic substances, which form when oil is heated at high temperatures, may increase the risk of cancer and other diseases. However, while broiling limits the formation of aldehydes, it may give rise to potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Fried foods are high in fat, calories, and often salt. Research has linked fried foods to serious health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Regular consumption of fried, grilled, and broiled food will lead to the following health issues :
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes
- Increase in cholesterol levels
- Increased risk of fertility issues in women
- Increased risk of weight gain
- May result in low birth weight of babies
6. ICE CREAM
Most ice creams are high in calories and added sugar while low in nutrients. Although low-fat and no-sugar-added choices are commonly marketed as healthier, they are still calorie-dense and may contain various sweeteners. Ice cream is also high in saturated fat. Eating foods loaded with fat and sugar leads to weight gain. It can also drive up the triglyceride level and lead to a heart attack.
Regular consumption of ice cream can lead to the following health issues :
- Weight gain
- Heart attack
- Kidney problem
7. PIZZA, BURGER, AND COLA DRINKS
Pizza is made of refined flour (maida). It increases deep belly fat which cannot be removed once it develops. The cheese used in pizza can increase the chances of heart diseases. Pizza can cause hypertension due to high levels of sodium. It secretes a hormone that will make our brain addicted to it. It can cause wild fluctuations in sugar levels. Pizza causes acidity. Very often it is the herd mentality when we are in a group, that encourages us to consume pizza. It has so many negative qualities and not a single thing that is positive about it.
Hamburger is junk food that is linked to a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death. Science says that hamburgers are full of calories, fat, and excess sodium, and having it even once can be bad for your health. For example, a single hamburger contains 500 calories, 25 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbs, 10 grams of sugar, and 1,000 milligrams of sodium, which is enough to cause havoc in our system.
Cola drinks are that black colored fizzy drinks originating in the USA which is heavily advertised on TV. These branded drinks and their lesser-known Indian cousins are a cocktail of four poisonous substances :
- Phosphoric Acid
- Ethylene Glycol
- Dissolved Carbon-di-oxide
The liquid itself is a dilute solution of Phosphoric Acid. If you don’t believe me try cleaning your toilet or washbasin with one of these two American brands. You will find it is a better toilet cleaner than whatever toilet cleaner you are using now.
Ethylene Glycol is sold in the USA as Anti-Freeze. During winter when thick layers of ice form on the windshield glass of the car, this chemical is sprayed to quickly turn the ice into water. This chemical is added to the black colored liquid so that it remains a liquid even at -5 degree celsius. Try keeping a few cans in the freezer. It would not have solidified. You will have the luxury of drinking a liquid at -5 degrees celsius. The only problem is that at this temperature our digestive system will completely shut down.
Sodium Benzoate is added to the cola drink to kill any bacteria that may form before it is consumed. But this chemical will breakdown and form Benzene which is a cancer-causing chemical.
Dissolved Carbon-di-oxide is added to the drink so that the bubbles go up to our nose and we get a tingling feeling while drinking it. But carbon-di-oxide is a waste product produced by our body that comes out through our nose while we exhale. How do you feel about consuming your own waste product?
Just so that you know, these two brands of black colored liquids are banned in all school cafeterias in the USA, which is the country of origin of these two brands.
CONCLUSION – These are not the only food items that we need to avoid. There are many more. The one question that is frequently asked is – then what do we eat? The answer to that is – EAT WHAT YOUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WAS EATING. This is so important that I had to put it in capital letters and make it bold. Just as many traits have been inherited from our forefathers, the chemical composition in our digestive system would also be have been inherited from them. What if your great-grandmother or grandmother are not alive? In that case, go to the native village of your forefathers and talk to the oldest women from your community and collect the recipes from them. This will give new life to traditional recipes and more importantly it will improve your health. Avoid both rice and wheat. Change over to millets. Food of other states and other countries can be consumed once in a while but not on a regular basis.