Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Although a lot of people do not
realize that every single gram of sugar decreases the healthiness of the product by a
From the moment infants first taste lactose in the milk, humans seem to find sweetness alluring.
The refined sucrose we usually call “sugar” is very popular product on the market.
Even though this product considered very unhealthy and sometimes harmful, I think it
still plays its role and still make the world spin. It gives people a lot of energy; it gives
us joy and happiness. But in this world, everything has its consequence. After the joy
and after the happiness comes diabetes, tooth decay, excess body fat. It’s really hard
to believe that something so sweet can produce that kind of damage. So how did sugar
became such an important commodity in our community and the rest of the world?
Sugar is one of the oldest and best documented of all of the medieval commodities.
Exactly what form, quality and price this commodity achieved could be variable
enough to create material for disagreement whenever the product is discussed. What
we do know is that it was much more widespread than is commonly believed. The
discovery of sugarcane, from which sugar, as it is known today, is derived, dates back
unknown thousands of years. It is thought to have originated in New Guinea, and was
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spread along routes to Southeast Asia and India.
The process known for creating sugar, by pressing out the juice and then boiling it into crystals, was developed in India around 500 BC.
In 510 BC, hungry soldiers of the Emperor Darius were near the river Indus, when they discovered some “reeds which produce honey without bees”.
Evidently this early contact with the Asian sources of sugar cane made no great impression, so it was left to be re-discovered in 327 BC by Alexander the Great, who spread it’s culture through Persia and introduced it in the Mediterranean.
This was the beginning of one of the best documented products of the Middle Ages.
The sugar wasn’t cultivated in Europe until the Middle Ages. Arabs traders were first
to bring sugar to Spain. Christopher Columbus’s voyage to America was the way
sugarcane made it to North America. It was a gift from him to “West Indians”. There
this plant found a great environment to spread in. Eighteen century brought a lot of
new things and industries for the United States of America, and sugar was one of
them. By the end the century a lot factories were operation that produced sugar in a
profitable manner. By the time media was created, more and more products were born
and a lot of them required sugar. Media helped to spread the product among people
and played a major role in the development of connections between sugar industry
and people. Today sugar is one of the major industries in the world. The demand for
sugar continues to rise, because a lot of today’s products require sugar as an
ingredient. Though, it has been proven and showed to people that sugar is incredibly
unhealthy, in fact sometimes it even kills people, media and sugar have a greater
control over us than a word of a doctor or a nutritionist.
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The process of making sugar is quite long and it takes a lot of time from planting the
sugarcane to selling sugar in the bags. Sugarcane cuttings are planted in fields by
workers or mechanical planters. In order for the cane to grow, the seeds must be
planted in well-drained soil. Typical cane soil is made of a mixture of silt, sand, clay
particles and organic matter.
In the United States, sugarcane is grown in Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana and Texas.
The next step is collecting the harvest. Mature canes are gathered by a combination of
manual and mechanical methods. Canes are cut at ground level, its leaves are
removed and the top is trimmed off by cutting off the last mature joint. Cane is then
placed into large piles and picked up, tied, and transported to a sugar factory. Stalks
are thoroughly washed and cut when reaching the sugar mill.
After the cleaning process, a machine led by a series of rotating knives, shreds the
cane into pieces. Then, hot water is sprayed on to the sugarcane to dissolve any
remaining hard sugar.
The smaller pieces of cane are then spread out on a conveyer belt. The shredded pieces of sugarcane travel on the conveyer belt through a series of heavy-duty rollers, which extract juice from the pulp. The raw juice moves on through the mill to be clarified.
Some substances are then added to the juice and after it goes through the process of
filtering. The clear juice which results from the clarifying process is put under a
vacuum, where the juice boils at a low temperature and begins to evaporate. It is
heated until it forms into a thick, brown syrup. Just a little water stays after the
evaporating of the brown syrup. After it has been dried, the crystals are formed. After
this it goes to the Cane Sugar Refinery. There molasses and mineral s are removed.
Then the sugar is washed and filtered. After this was accomplished, it’s dried again
and then once the final evaporation and drying process is done, screens separate the
different sized sugar crystals. Large and small crystals are packaged and shipped to
Today, I think that the most obvious target for sugar industry would be children. From
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the moment sugar crystals touches children’s tongues, something snaps in them and
they go wild, but then they want more and more sugar. Unfortunately, sugar brings
different side-effects to our bodies as well as a deadly sickness. A lot of kids and
youngsters today get headaches and toothaches. There are a lot of overweight people
in the world and I’m sure that sugar is probably one of most popular explanation and
excuse for their body condition. For example, countries like America are simply
hooked on sugar and it will take a lot of work to restore balance in their diet again.
According to WHO, over half of Americans are overweight and 31% – 38.8 million people – are obese. Obesity rates in children have risen 50% in recent years.
Americans have become sugar junkies and, sad to say, a nation of fatties, the world’s
most overweight people.
The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of microwave meals.
A lot of people don’t even realize that their condition threatens their own lives.
Over 100 million people worldwide have diabetes including 16 million in the US and about 2 million in California.
There are two types of diabetes: diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus. Diabetes
insipidus is a rare metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone,
which is usually the result of damage to the pituitary gland. Diabetes insipidus is
characterized by enormous amounts of urine that are produced by the body regardless
of how much liquid is consumed. Type-1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile
diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes. It means that your body can’t make insulin.
Insulin helps your body turn the sugar from the food you eat into a source of energy.
Type 1 occurs more frequently in children and young adults. Type-2 diabetes results
when insulin production is defective and tissue resistance to insulin develops. For
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many persons with Type-2 diabetes, daily insulin supplementation is not required.
Diabetes is managed by making moderate changes in diet and exercise.
A lot government support the sugar industry, because sugar brings a lot of money to
the economy, but the price is the health of many people. Although some governments
put money back into sugar industry to improve the technique and make sugar
healthier, most people believe that it’s just a waste of money. In some countries sugar
industry has a big influence on the government because they are more profitable than
the country itself. Some countries even revolted because of the high influence of the
sugar industry on the government. Cuban revolution can set a good example of a
particular situation. The Cuban economy was moving forward at the time before the
rebellion but the dominant influence of the sugar industry made the economy
“asymmetrical” and encouraged no “dynamic industrial sector”.
Because of the dependence on sugar, the unemployment rate ranged between 16 and 20% rising and falling with sugar prices, ebbing and flowing as the season changed.
The rural wage levels were incredibly unsteady and unpredictable; the standard of
living was low. Dependence on the sugar industry did not slow down the economy of
Cuba, just the wages of its workers. It was the leaders of the nation who reaped profit
from this dependence, and it was the leaders of the nation who insisted on keeping the
nation the way it was.
Another important issue would be the modern-day slavery, and cane-cutting is one of
its forms. In developing countries like Dominican Republic India, Philippines, and
Haiti, families are being held as slaves and if you try to get out of, Sugar baron’s
thugs will simply murder you, and your family. For example, let’s take a look at the
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that occupies the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Fueled by
the labor of Haitian workers, sugar is a prominent Dominican industry.
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Much of the sugar cane industry is government-owned – the largest company being the State Sugar Council (CEA) – though there is increasing privatization.
In addition, undercurrents of racial prejudice and anti-Haitianism in the Dominican
Republic reinforce a view of Haitian workers as inferior. In the Dominican Republic,
the collection of slaves for the busy harvest season is more random.
The Dominican army, with the support of the State Sugar Council (known as the CEA), “hauls Haitians off public buses, arrests them in their homes or at their jobs, and delivers them to the cane fields,” according to Charles Jacobs.
Some of the cane-cutters sign on to work voluntarily. When the number of
workers does not meet the harvest’s demand, the Dominican army is set into action.
The army’s captives are forced to work at gunpoint and beaten if they try to escape.
“Could many of us be slaves to our sweet tooth? New research in rats suggests that the brain can become dependent, if not outright addicted, to sugars in food. The brain has opioid compounds and they seem to be released by palatable tastes such as sugar, fat, ice cream, cake.” tells Dr. Joseph Mercola.
Pure white, deliciously sweet and nutritionally useless. Sugar in the morning, sugar in
the evening, sugar at supper time. Sugar is without question one of the most
dangerous substances on the food market today. What we are talking about here is
sucrose, the white crystalline sugar refined from cane or beet juice by stripping away
all its vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, water, and other synergists. White sugar is an
industrially processed chemical, not found in nature, and it is not fit for human
consumption. Other sugars such as fructose (in fruit and honey), and maltose (in
grains) are natural substances with nutritional value.
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We eat about 130 pounds of the stuff a year or 35 teaspoons a day. And it’s in
everything, chicken soup, pickles, pork and beans, peanut butter, bread, macaroni and
cheese, ketchup, mustard and relish, jam, pop, yogurt, canned fruit and vegetables,
salad dressings, not to mention the endless list of desserts, jam packed and stuffed to
capacity with sugar. Sugar cane in its natural form is rich in minerals and vitamins.
But the process of sugar making kills them. In contrast, refined sugar is devoid of
nutrients and acts more like a drug than a food.
“It quickly passes through the stomach wall causing blood sugar levels to rise, then plummet. First, the blood sugar level skyrockets and causes the pancreas to secrete insulin to compensate for the excess blood sugar. Afterward, the blood sugar level drops below normal. This state has been coined the sugar blues. The downside of the sugar blues is a state of depression, lethargy and irritability.” )
The craving for sugared foods can be like a drug addict craving a fix. There is an
uncontrollable desire for something sweet. The addict will seek a sugar fix eight to
twenty times per day.
“While the average consumption is 24%, there are children consuming more than 50% of their calories as sugar. For school teachers, Halloween is a nightmare. Their students are affected by a massive sugar intake. Hyperactive on sugar, they behave erratically and become difficult to control.”
Most people consume far more sugar than their bodies can possibly use for energy.
When this happens, the liver converts the extra sugar into molecules and stores it as
fat, or else produces cholesterol from the by-products of sugar and deposits it in veins
and arteries. Sugar is thus a major factor in obesity. Sugar is an addictive substance
The difference between sugar addiction and narcotic addiction is largely one of degree.
Abruptly giving up sugar invariably brings on the sort of withdrawal symptoms
associated with narcotic drugs- fatigue, lassitude, depression, moodiness, headaches,
aching limbs. An average person in America usually consumes about 130 pounds a
year, which is about 1/3 of a pound everyday. Most people don’t even realize how
much sugar they’re taking every day because much of it is hidden in other foods. A
12-ounce can of a typical soft drink, for example, contains about nine teaspoons of
refined white sugar. Sugar consumption in the world today is so high that it has also
caused a social problem through its deleterious effects on behavior, especially in
teenager and children, who are displaying increasingly severe behavioral disorders
and learning disabilities.
I think another good issue to discuss would be influence of the media and advertising
on us and children. All the cartoon and the songs that we hear on TV influence us, and
we don’t even notice anymore because for us it became a normal everyday thing. But
as we see a candy on TV, we suddenly want something sweet, something that can
satisfy our taste needs.
To make a long story short, for several years sugar has been the scapegoat. Sugar is
not a “bad” food but yet essential to human life. It is important to remember however
that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle eating in moderation is important. Milk,
fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits have a high water content and therefore have less
than l00 grams per sample. When you eat dried fruits, the sugar is more concentrated
and therefore greater on a weight-for-weight basis than in fresh fruits. If your energy
needs are low, go easy on the amount of sugars you consume, as well as the amount
of fat. Try consuming mostly nutrient-dense foods, which provide other nutrients
besides sugar or fat. Don’t be scared to eat sweets once in a while.