Free Radical Reduction: What to Trash

| September/October 2003

Refined sugar. British physician John Yudkin says in his book Sweet and Dangerous (Bantam, 1974), “Avoid sugar and you will lessen your chances of getting diabetes, dental decay, atherosclerosis, some forms of cancer, obesity and gout. You will increase your life span and your chances of enjoying a healthy old age.”

Sugar gives you a rush of energy and then a slide into fatigue and despair. The sugar rushes into your bloodstream without even stopping to make a courtesy call on your liver, which would dole it out slowly.

Once in the bloodstream, it raises your body’s blood sugar levels, making you feel high and energetic. But this much sugar in your blood is dangerous, so the insulin comes running out of the Isles of Langerhans in your pancreas and takes that sugar out of your blood; it then deposits it in your cells, where it is stored as fat. But the insulin goes in for overkill. It takes practically all the sugar out of your blood, and there you are in a dark-blue funk, feeling more tired and depressed than before, and what do you do? You go scrounging around for a candy bar or a cup of coffee and start the whole vicious cycle over again.

So, if you want to live to be 120 in good health, throw away the sugar bowl and the artificial sweeteners. You can live the sweet life without either.

Bleached white flour. A whole book could be written about the crimes of white flour against humanity. Here’s only what you need to know to justify a quick switch to whole grains.

The bleaching chemicals destroy vitamin E. Even if the flour is unbleached, it has been deprived of wheat germ, the source of vitamin E.

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