Refined sugars and sucrose (table sugar) are anti-nutrient because we need to borrow nutrients like Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Chromium, Zinc and Vitamin B1 from the body cells to metabolize (biochemical breakdown) this processed sugar. Thus, eating sugar contributes to depleting our body from essential nutrients. Examples of complex carbs are whole grains, vegetables and legumes.
Moreover, they contain no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats and no enzymes : they are empty calories. On the contrary, whole complex carbs like fruits, vegetables or whole grains contain fiber, minerals and vitamins. A part from depleting our body from essential nutrients, regular simple sugar consumption causes inflammation, insulin spikes, weight gain, hormonal imbalance and addiction behavior.
Blood sugar spikes are responsible for causing adrenalin to rise and increased insulin spikes. Excessive insulin secretion tires out the pancreas and reduces cell sensitivity to insulin thus leading to diabetes type II.
Constant adrenal secretion causes an undue stress on the body leading to adrenal fatigue, and disrupted hormonal secretion. In children, it is particularly worrying as it leads to weight gain and sugar addiction.
Systemic inflammation weakens the immune system and is a risk factor for asthma, allergies, cardiovascular pathologies, depression, anxiety, ADD ADHD, eczema, anger aggressive behavior, cancer and brain inflammation.
Finally, fungal organisms and bacteria feed on simple sugars leading to yeast infections, candida, tooth decay, cavities to name just a few.
Replace white sugar with natural sweeteners like stevia, agave, coconut sugar, dates or raw honey.