David Brandt Berg
Doctors have come to the conclusion that too much sweet in the diet is the most common cause of illness among Europeans. When they talk about sweets, they’re not talking about natural sweets like figs, raisins, honey, blackstrap molasses, and raw sugar. They’re talking about refined sugar sweets, desserts, candies, soft drinks, and so on.
They claim that most of the diseases Europeans have can be traced to sugar as the main culprit and fat as the next. I think that’s what the Bible means where it says “lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting” (Luke 21:34). They have traced a lot of heart failure and heart trouble back to too much fat and too much sugar. Most diabetics, for example, suffer heart trouble.
Many people wouldn’t think of smoking, but they eat ten times as much poison every day in sugar and sweets as they would imbibe if they smoked all day. White sugar is just almost pure poison!
Sugar is destructive to your body in so many ways. It is not only bad for your teeth in sweet food and drinks, decaying your teeth from the outside. It is even worse in the way it helps to decay your teeth from the inside by robbing your bloodstream of calcium. White refined sugar is almost pure carbon. Carbon has a chemical affinity or attraction for calcium, and the minute this white sugar gets in your blood, it attracts all the calcium that’s near it and unites with the calcium, making the calcium virtually unassimilable.
It robs your blood of the calcium that your body would otherwise normally shoot up to your teeth to try to repair the damage that the sugar’s already done to your teeth from the outside. The sugar robs your blood of that calcium so it can’t repair your teeth. That’s besides all the damage it does to all your other organs. Horrible damage! Damage to the pancreas, it’s hard on the liver, it’s hard on the kidneys, it’s just absolutely bad for you.
So when you ingest any of this white, bleached, poisoned sugar or anything made with it, which is nearly all soft drinks, sweetened juices, desserts, candies and whatnot, what you’re eating is practically pure poison, pure and simple, which does your body absolutely no good whatsoever, only damage.
Any form of natural sweet just as the Lord made it is naturally very good for you in moderation. So if you’re going to have sweets at all, it’s better to use God’s naturally created sweets and not man’s refined, bleached, poisoned, sickening white sugar or things made with white sugar. Of course, you can get too much of any sweet, even if it’s honey or blackstrap molasses or raw sugar. The body can only handle so much, and you’re not supposed to eat too much of anything.
Blackstrap molasses is the next to the last stage in making raw sugar. They squeeze the juice out of the cane or sugar beets and they boil it down until it’s real thick and dark, practically black, syrupy, and that’s pure sugar—that’s just about as pure as it can get. That’s just one stage before the crystallized raw sugar.
Raw sugar has been cooked until virtually all the moisture is gone, all cooked out completely. When you cook anything, no matter what, the more you cook it, the more vitamins and nutrients you kill; some of the things that are supposed to be good for you are cooked out of it. So molasses is the stage just before this extra cooking by which it becomes raw sugar.
In blackstrap molasses they leave just enough of the moisture to make it fluid. But when they make raw sugar they keep on cooking it until almost every bit of moisture is gone. Then after it’s cooked, it crystallizes, and they make the sugar.
Honey is so sweet and the flavor is so strong that you don’t have to use as much honey as you would granulated sugar. There is much more sweetening in one teaspoonful of honey than in a whole heaping teaspoon of sugar. If you’d use as much honey in your coffee as most people use sugar, you wouldn’t be able to drink it; it would be so sweet.
So if you buy a pound jar of honey, it’s like buying two pounds of sugar. And it’s all good for you, healthful, full of vitamins and minerals and things that are very good for your health. Whereas there’s hardly anything good for you in white sugar or brown sugar.
There is a difference between brown sugar and raw sugar. Brown sugar is nothing in the world but white sugar before it’s been bleached with poisonous bleaches. It’s still refined sugar. Brown sugar has been refined just like white sugar, only it hasn’t been bleached. At least it’s a little bit better than white sugar, because it hasn’t got that bleach poison in it. But why use it when you can get natural sweetening? Why use anything else if you can get something that’s good for you?
Eating a great deal of sugar usually drains your body of energy. For example, some people put too much sugar on their cereal and then they’re tired by midmorning, out of energy. Too much sweet of any kind will make you a little drowsy, because, although it does convert into energy, it also has some side effects which are intoxicating.
The little sedative effect of honey will help you sleep if you have a little honey before you go to bed at night in a drink sweetened with honey—but not coffee or tea. Don’t expect to get much sleep out of a cup of coffee or tea at night.
I’ve heard people brag that, “I could drink two or three cups before I go to bed and sleep like a baby!” It isn’t possible. Caffeine stimulates your body whether you’re awake or not. It quickens your pulse rate and your heart beats harder and your brain is stimulated even if it’s in your sleep, so your body and mind don’t rest properly or fully.
So it’s certainly not wise to drink stimulants after dinner or near bedtime, such as coffee or tea or chocolate, if it’s real chocolate. There is twice as much caffeine in a cup of real chocolate, real strong chocolate, as there is in a cup of strong coffee, believe it or not. And there’s usually a lot of sugar too.
They say the next highest dietary cause of diseases is fats. The Scripture says, “Let not your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting,” meaning having too much of anything. It’s hard on your heart and it’s hard on other parts of your body as well. Fats have been a proven cause of all kinds of diseases, particularly heart trouble and arterial sclerosis, hardening of the arteries, along with excess salt. Most vegetable oils are fairly good for you; it’s these animal fats that are not good for you, and are forbidden in the Bible (Leviticus 7:23).
So “you are what you eat,” beloved. Happy health!
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