The Evolution of Sugar Consumption

by Heather Callaghan

The Sugarcrashers have crashed Facebook and YouTube by uploading an interesting video from the time of their recording: 1998.

After years of blaming fat for heart disease, sugar is increasingly coming to light as a heart killer.

It used to be that researchers believed the human body could evolve and adapt to greater amounts of refined sugar consumption.

How quickly a couple pounds per year per person has increased to nearly 200 pounds per year.

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This is not to demonize the role of glucose/fructose in the body – it is to point out a major imbalance that isn’t guided by choice, but by profit. White refined sugar (which is now mainly from genetically modified sugar beets) is stripped of all its nutrients which makes the body work hard to neutralize it. It creates a “high” (or a debt) which must become a “low.”

Big Sugar uses tens of millions in lobbying which led to us footing the bill for $280 million to prop up Florida sugar crops last year. Later, we pay for it in healthcare costs; 30-40 percent of those costs are estimated to be from high sugar consumption.

Some of those big companies Erica Etelson mentions in the video? They are invested in by none other than the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation … something to ponder.

Visit the Sugarcrash on Facebook to learn more. And for everything you ever wanted to know about sugar, you might enjoy the book Sugar Blues by William Duffy.

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.

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