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The Deadly Poison in your Food Cupboard

A Deadly Poison

There is a deadly poison in your food cupboard – and it kills more than 10% of us in the UK and costs the taxpayer more than £23 Billion every year – and it gets worse every year.

It’s not fatty food, it’s not artificial colouring or E numbers and it’s not alcohol.

It’s sugar. This is not a sensational claim. It’s a shocking fact, and the effect on your health is staggering.

The Paradox

Your body runs on sugar. It’s the fuel you use to function. So how can it be poisonous? The answer lies in type and quantity. Sugar is killing us because we consume too much of it in foods that release sugar too quickly.

Never before in the history of the human race has sugar been so readily available. Your body evolved to crave sugar in a world where sugar was scarce. We now live in a world where sugar is everywhere in huge quantities and much of it is hidden.

Sugar and Sugar

Although your body uses sugar as a fuel, sugar, as we know it now did not exist. So your body evolved to create sugar from other more complex molecules contained in plants – carbohydrates. When you eat an apple, your body breaks down the complex molecules that make an apple to make sugar to use as fuel. But that takes time and energy, so the sugar from that apple is released only slowly into your bloodstream. Your blood delivers the sugar (in small amounts) around your body to fuel your cells.

But in the modern world, sugar molecules do not need to be made inside our bodies. Sugar molecules already exist in vast quantities in the majority of modern food. So vast amounts are released into your bloodstream when you eat a great many modern foods. A high level of sugar in your bloodstream is poisonous and unless it’s removed quickly, you’ll fall into a coma and die.

Your body secretes insulin to stop this happening. Insulin mops up the excess sugar and stores it for later use (it’s a precious fuel, remember, so it doesn’t want to waste it). Excess sugar gets stored in your fat cells.

And it is excess sugar stored in fat cells that has caused the obesity epidemic in the developed world.

The Risk

Excess sugar in your bloodstream is dangerous for other reasons too. Consistently eating high sugar foods can eventually lead to insulin resistance whereby your body can no longer regulate blood sugar levels correctly. This is Type 2 Diabetes and it cost the NHS 10% of the entire Health Service Budget every year.

Excess sugar gets stored in fat cells and excess body fat is deadly too. Coronary Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, Dementia, Joint Problems, Depression – list is huge and people are dying needlessly. And all because of too much readily available sugar.

Hidden in plain sight

Modern food contains huge amounts of free sugar (the type that rapidly raises blood sugar levels) and much of it is hidden.A cup of fruit juice smoothie from Costa contains 24 teaspoons of sugar! Think about that – 24! From a drink marketed as healthy!Breakfast cereal bars and snack often contain as much sugar as a Mars or Snickers bar!A single can of Coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar! 

The ubiquitous nature of sugar on modern food is the problem. So what can we do?  

Staying Alive in a Sugar Rich World

Sugar is hard to avoid in the modern world and we’re genetically programmed to seek it relentlessly – it’s our fuel.

But there is a way to cut right back and it’s not that difficult:

Eat fruit and vegetables in their natural state whenever possible.

Plan your day so you don’t eat on the go. It’s almost impossible to eat healthily when you grab whatever is available during a busy work day.

Avoid the obvious sources like cakes, sweets, cereal bars, flapjacks and most processed food.

Switch to unsweetened diet soda like Pepsi Max or Diet Coke or better still, drink water!

Learn to read labels. Anything high in Carbohydrates is also high in sugar!




Captain Felix Deer joined the Army in 1985 and served in a number of Training Officer roles, qualifying as a Unit Fitness Officer in 1986. Since leaving the Army in 1994, Felix has sold property, built houses and flown airliners for a living, but has always maintained his keen interest in Fitness.

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