Life in modern societies entails navigating sweetness at every food-intake turn:
- Sweeteners are added to foods that don’t seem to be sweet. Sweeteners are added to sweet foods to sweeten them more.
- Advertisements urge us to desire sweet foods as a way to live the good life. Retail establishments place sweets near checkout counters to up the items we buy from them.
- Sweets are viewed as appropriate gifts for those who are ill or grieving. Sweets are viewed as expressions of love and caring.
- Incentives to improve often include sweet rewards. Meals often end with sweets as the highlight of the meal.
Fact #1: Sweetness can be nourishing.
As written in the post “Sweeteners: The Facts”
“Sweets from nature nourish.”
The closer to nature the sweetener, the more it can sweeten without harming. Choosing fruit as a dessert instead of cake is caring for the body. Using raw unprocessed honey or pure maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners is protecting the body. Eating whole grains, which contain natural sweetening, instead of processed grains, is supporting the body’s health.
Fact #2: Body-mind balance is unavailable when processed sweeteners are consumed.
Our bodies are designed to desire balance. The foods we eat contribute to the balance or cause imbalance. Natural sweets are processed properly and only upset the balance when they are over-consumed or when the body is challenged by illness or disease.
Processed sweeteners (which include sugar, artificial sweeteners, and corn syrup, among others) always cause imbalance. The body is not designed to handle them. Their effects can be felt if the body has an immediate reaction, which often happens the first time the processed sweetener is consumed. If the reaction is ignored, the body handles the sweetener through improvised processes.
Fact #3: Eating a diet of more than 8% sweet causes crises in the body.
“Most of our diet is meant to be non-sweet. The sweet part should be about 8%, and of that 8%, all should be from natural sources—that is how our bodies are designed. .” …from the post “Sweeteners: The Facts“
Design is design. Our bodies are not designed nor built to handle more than 8% sweetness in a day. More than 8% sweetness leads to:
- changed appetite (wanting foods for their sweetness rather than for their satisfaction of hunger)
- emotional turmoil
- malfunctioning of the processes that handle sweetness
- reduced resilience of body parts (for example, teeth)
- compromised attention capabilities
- over-desire for sweetness
- reduced muscle activity
- feelings of negativity towards self
When the percentage is higher than 20%, all of the results listed above are equally affected. When the percentage is higher than 30% day after day, the speed at which the body is negatively affected quickens.
Design is design. The body requires nourishment that is nourishing.
Fact #4: The body’s processing of artificial sweeteners is convoluted.
Artificial sweeteners play so much havoc on the body that it is hard to understand the damage they do. Their processing in the body depends on the body’s state of health.
A person in stable health processes artificial sweeteners without involving processes that are not usually used if the person is not tired or hungry. If the person is tired or hungry at the time of artificial sweetener consumption, more processes get involved to neutralize the effects of the disturbing presence.
A person in compromised health processes artificial sweeteners differently than described for a person in stable health who is tired or hungry. Compromised health can be different depending on age, sex, and weather conditions so that the processing of the artificial sweeteners differs.
Artificial sweeteners have been studied and their ill effects have been documented. Artificial sweeteners are for consumption in these cases: when you are eating a plastic bag that needs sweetening or when you are eating tree bark that needs flavor. In other words, never!
These last three blog posts ( “Sweeteners: The Facts” and “The Facts: Sweeteners from natural to laboratory-made, Best & Worst”) have been offered to you so that you can choose your sweet treats wisely. The suffering that comes from overindulgence in sweets is not worth the momentary pleasurable sweet taste in the mouth. Resisting the call of advertisers and the lure of desserts that are too sweetened is not easy, but is kind to your body.
Note: The source of the information provided here is divine inspiration.