National Geographic's "Sugar"

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-08-13 09:36:57 -0500
Started 2013-07-31 05:55:43 -0500

I was reading an article in National Geographic, of all places, yesterday that was titled Sugar. It was a history of sugar cane dating back to 1000 B.C. and was very interesting. How it invaded islands and pushed out native peoples and crops. How it grew into one of the largest money crops because as each culture was introduced to it, they craved it more and more. And how it went from an ingredient of kings, to a staple of the poor.

It is a very pleasurable substance. One thing that stood out to me, was that sugar has a very similar affect on our minds as cocaine or heroin. Wow, that was a shock. I knew it was addicting, but I didn't realize that it was that much. That's why we struggle to purge it from our diets, and why one "hit" of it can easily cause a downward spiral. Erasing the hard work we have done.

So while diabetes may not be caused by the candy craving sugar addict's diet…it certainly isn't helped by the fact that it's such a cravable substance.

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KassiaP 2015-08-12 22:52:05 -0500 Report

Gaby, a there is a very interesting book called Sugar Blues published in 1975 by William Duffy (really cheap on Amazon) that details the history of sugar, how it is related to slavery, poverty and decline of entire cultures. If I remember correctly he use do to drugs and he was in recovery (but not in good health) when a woman saw him adding sugar cubes to his coffee and told him he was adding poison to his coffee. He started researching and the book sold more than a 1.6 M copies… really interesting… I found this quote on wikipedia
The status of sugar, as a product of refining, was compared to drugs:

Heroin is nothing but a chemical. They take the juice of the poppy and they refine it into opium and then they refine it to morphine and finally to heroin. Sugar is nothing but a chemical. They take the juice of the cane or the beet and the refine it to molasses and then they refine it to brown sugar and finally to strange white crystals. (page 22)
Later, the euphemism, "made from natural ingredients", is cited as equally applicable to heroin and sugar. (page 148)… scary really

GabbyPA 2015-08-13 09:36:57 -0500 Report

I may have to check that out. I imagine that this article was based on some of his writings. Sure sounds like it.

I just ordered it. Only $4.00, free shipping. Thanks for the info.

peggy1255 2013-07-31 09:11:09 -0500 Report

I've read the same information on sugar , and know people who have been and still are addicted to sugar, they admit it , the cravings are strong, I do believe sugar is very addictive, some even hide the candy bars and other sugary goodies so others won't know how much their eating.

KassiaP 2015-08-12 22:57:01 -0500 Report

Peggy, I have always craved sugar… on a scale 1-10 my cravings are still a 6. It has come down but still very hard.Its a conscious choice every single time.

GabbyPA 2013-08-01 07:53:14 -0500 Report

I had a friend who did that. I helped her clean her house one time and I found candy everywhere. I didn't really understand it, but now I see why. She's also a diabetic and that is even more scary.

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