When I say I’m quitting sugar, many people smile knowingly and say, “Well, you know that eating bread is no better, since carbohydrates and sugar are the same thing.” Others point gleefully to the potato chip or salt crackers I’m eating and say “CAUGHT YOU! You’re eating carbs, which are sugar!”
But they are mistaken. Table sugar (high in FRUCTOSE) is a highly addictive substance which causes liver disease, tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, Alzheimers, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, gout, kidney disease, and much, much more. Unless it’s in whole fresh fruit (which also contains fibre and vitamins), it has absolutely ZERO nutritional value and we don’t need it in our diet AT ALL.
Carbohydrates (high in GLUCOSE) on the other hand, are perfectly healthy when eaten in moderation. In moderate amounts, carbohydrate-rich foods like oats, quinoa, wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice, and root vegetables give us energy, fibre and other benefits, which mean it is not necessary to eliminate them completely.
So if you want to cut down on carbs, that’s great! But given the effort and perseverance required to change lifestyle habits, it’s important to prioritise. And if you want to know the FIRST most important step you can take to dramatically improve your health and increase your life expectancy, it is NOT quitting carbs. It’s quitting Fructose. Fructose is a thousand times more poisonous to your body than carbs are.
So what is FRUCTOSE? It is the sweet-tasting substance which is the main ingredient in table sugar (sucrose)/cane sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup, honey, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Agave, and nearly all other sweeteners found in food nowadays.
In its most familiar form, it’s found in that grainy white stuff which we commonly call “table sugar”, or sucrose. Sucrose is made from a type of sweet grass called sugarcane and is exactly 50% fructose. The other half is glucose, which is harmless. But it’s the high concentration of fructose that is of most concern. As you will soon learn on this website, it is slowly poisoning our society to death.
To fully understand why fructose is so much worse for your body than any other type of food in today’s Western diet, read the article below:
So why do I often generalise and say “Quit Sugar” instead of “Quit Fructose”?
Before reading this website, most people don’t really understand what fructose is, so it’s easier to simplify things and call it sugar, its traditional generic name, so people can have some idea of what I’m talking about, until they get a chance to read my blog and understand the subject more deeply.
By the time you read more of my blog it will become clear that when I say “Quit Sugar”, I don’t mean “stop eating glucose” or “stop eating carbs” or “stop eating fruit”. What I mean is “Stop eating concentrated forms of fructose.” But that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it in a blog title, does it?
From now on, whenever I use the word “sugar” and “quit sugar”, you can safely assume that I am referring to FRUCTOSE.
Quit Sugar does not equal Paleo Diet
Perhaps some of the confusion arises from the recent fad in the Western World for the “Paleo” diet. The Paleo diet cuts out sugar, but it also cuts out grains and legumes (and some forms of the paleo diet also cut out nuts and dairy!)
At this point in time, I am not adopting a paleo diet. I am merely quitting fructose.
Fortunately, when you quit sugar, you tend to look for less packaged and refined foods, which automatically cuts down your intake of refined carbohydrates. However, this is not our main focus in our journey to quit sugar.
In fact, as long as you are not allergic, I would encourage you to incorporate plenty of healthy carbs into your diet including pasta, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, rice, root vegetables and good quality (not white) bread. You won’t find these foods in a Paleo Cafe, but many such foods are included in the Forever Clean 9 program’s meal suggestion booklet.
Unfortunately, a paleo diet can still be very high in fructose. My local paleo restaurant advertises that it uses “zero refined cane sugar”, but puts a lot of honey in all its shakes, which is even worse (honey is about 80% fructose, whereas cane sugar is only 50% fructose).
Many people make the mistake of thinking that because honey is “natural” it is better for them than cane sugar. But our “paleolithic” ancestors did not eat large concentrations of honey. Before bee farms were invented, finding a hive and convincing the angry bees to share their honey with you was a pretty rare and difficult occurrence! We certainly wouldn’t have been able to eat honey every day! Besides, arsenic is “natural” and so are a lot of poisonous plants. Just because something is naturally occurring does not mean it is good for you in large amounts. Fructose is found in fruit. Fruit, when eaten in their natural state, are healthy. But when we eat fructose in large, refined and concentrated amounts, it is deadly.
Get your priorities right
If you want to quit dairy, meat, gluten, grains or anything else in your diet that’s up to you, but it’s important to remember that FRUCTOSE is by far the most dangerous and unhealthy. If you’re still in doubt about the many ways that fructose destroys your liver, kidneys, waistline, teeth, brain and more, be sure to read my other blog post on the subject “Sweet Poison: Why Quit Sugar?”
And it’s important to get your priorities right. If you want to cut down on carbs, that’s up to you… but my recommendation is this… do one thing at a time.
- Quit sugar first. Detox, get your insides clean and then see if your body wants to try quitting something else.
- Quitting sugar is a big undertaking that will require all of your focus and willpower. Trying to quit other things at the same time could be taxing both mentally and physically.
- Once you’ve mastered quitting sugar and you’re keen to keep going, explore other changes to your diet and lifestyle.
- Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Experiment and learn for yourself – it’s the only way to truly know if something works for you.
Understand the difference
Click here to learn the difference between good sugars and bad sugars. This will provide a much more in-depth look at how carbohydrates are composed and what makes them different to fructose.