Why sugar and salt known as White death?
There are some ingredients commonly found in our food that are harmful to the human body when consumed in the amounts they are today.
Do you know that salt and sugar, which you consume every day, can be really dangerous and harmful for your health? These two poisons can be really dangerous for you and your health in general, and this is why you should avoid them. These are also known as white death.
Because they contain very few nutrients, protein, and vitamins. This means that if you consume these products every day, you will increase the risk of hypertension, diabetes and other common diseases. So, you need to know them better, before you eat them every day.
So, let's get to know them -
It’s not a portion of real food, but a pure chemical substance. This chemical substance is actually extracted from plant sources such as sugar cane or beet. Then, its juice is extracted in this process, which completely removes all fiber-forming proteins and 90% of the healthy nutrients.
Here’s how the extraction process goes – well, in order to remove the liquid (containing sugar), they add lime, which creates an alkaline reaction that kills almost all vitamins. Then they add carbon dioxide to accelerate the lime process. Then this sugary liquid passes through tubes that remove all the impurities. Then comes another treatment with calcium sulfate and sulfuric acid bleaching, which leaves the “sugar” product almost white. The white sugar has no proteins, vitamins, minerals, it has no enzymes, no microelements, it has no fiber, no fat and not of no benefit in human food. This sugar provides just energy and nothing more.
These types of sugars are quickly metabolized, promote poor dental hygiene, offer little to no nutritional value, and are extremely calorie dense. In addition, did you know that some scientists believe that sugar may actually be an addictive substance? This might be one possible explanation for "sweet cravings" in humans.
For example, according to research, a single serving of Oreo cookies has the same amount of sugar as about 1 medium apple but has more than double the amount of calories. A 20oz bottle of soda has the same amount of sugar as 3.5 large bananas.
Let's not forget about the other processed foods either such as frozen meals, cereal bars, juice and even seemingly healthy concoctions like salsas. Even manufacturers of applesauce dump buckets of additional sugar into their product even though it's totally unnecessary. Fresh, homemade applesauce is plenty sweet in its natural state. Food manufacturers love to add sugar to everything because it adds flavor and makes it more palatable to the masses.
On a regular basis, we all don’t use the good type of salt. Well, the salt we all use is basically sodium chloride. This type of salt can increase the risk of some cardiovascular problems. You should also know that refined salt has its share of harmful side effects to those who consume it regularly too. Table salt has iodine, which is necessary for your good health, the many processed or junk foods that contain salt do not have the added iodine. Fluoride is another additive included in the salt refining process that can be bad for you when you consume too much. If you consume too much salt, you can end up with high blood pressure problems.
Salt is a flavor enhancer which means it makes food taste better. And while it is true that our bodies need salt to function, it's also true that we don't need as much salt as we are getting in our diets today.
Most research on the topic of dietary sodium suggests there is a link between eating too much salt and many diseases including heart disease and strokes. Of course, consuming too much salt can also contribute to obesity. Some cultures hundreds of years ago even used salt as a form of currency or as a weapon to destroy enemy croplands. Today, salt is everywhere and in everything that we eat. It's also extremely inexpensive.
Most modern foods have loads of salt in it. This includes everything from manufactured snack foods and cereals to everyone's favorite frozen dinner. For example, a slice of frozen pizza can have as much as 730 mg of sodium in it. That about 1/3 of the daily recommended amount of sodium in just one small slice of pizza!
Though, it's challenging to avoid salt because it is everywhere, but not difficult. Shopping for unprocessed or natural foods and cooking your own meals is the best way to control your salt intake.
Dr. Arash Tirandaz, an internist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, tells his patients that cutting down on sugar and salt is one of the best ways to improve their health. He says, “Too much sugar can cause insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. And salt can cause water gain and high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure, heart attack, and stroke.”
Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, elaborated on his thesis that sugar is a toxic substance that causes metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease in Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.
They may have some usefulness in limited quantities as at least one of them does. But when they are overused as they regularly are, they can and do cause some health-related serious problem.
Current guidelines advise adults to consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium, or about a teaspoon of salt, per day and no more than 1,500 mg daily, or 3/4 teaspoon of salt, if you are 51 or older, are black, or have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
So, it's good to use them, but in limited quantity to stay fit and healthy.
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