As addictive as heroin and health threatening as smoking cigarettes, sugar is the culprit behind a variety of diseases that most Americans choose to live with. Some of these conditions, such as anxiety, are often ignored, and others, such as pancreatic cancer, are tragically accepted as an unavoidable misfortune.
In these and many other cases including unexplained mood swings, anger, tiredness, diabetes, and hypoglycemia, eliminating sugar can eliminate the disease. Yet, Americans continue to consume 142 pounds of sugar a year.
“This is because people don’t see sugar as addictive or harmful,” said Mary Ellen Iafrate, of DME Health Connection. “And, even though most people accept that too much sugar is bad for weight control and makes their kids ‘hyper’, they’re at a loss when it comes to knowing now how to replace it in their diets without feeling like they’re making a huge sacrifice,” Iafrate added.
Graduates of the Manhattan based Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Mary Ellen and her husband Dan Iafrate are certified holistic health counselors who formed DME Health Connection as a natural extension of their commitment to achieve health and wellness through nutrition, which changed their lives.
In their quest to show people why and how a nutritious lifestyle is vital to their health, the Iafrates have launched a national campaign to expose the dangers of sugar and show how to replace it without willpower or deprivation. “A nutrition driven lifestyle starts with the basics, the most insidious of which is sugar,” Dan stated.
Today, sugar is fond not only where people have come to expect it – in children's cereals, cakes, cookies and other deserts – but also in such foods a canned vegetables, baby food, bread and tomato sauce, to name a few. In some cases, it is called corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose or fructose. But, it is all sugar, with all the health hazards.
Sugar is described as empty calories. Instead of providing the body with nutrition, sugar causes a deficiency. Raw, brown or turbinado sugars, at 96% sucrose, are hardly better than white sugar, which is 99.9% sucrose. In the last few years, Americans have been inundated with products made using organic evaporated cane juice, florida crystals and fructose. These products have been created to seduce “health-conscious” consumers into believing they are having something sweet while still being healthy. But, they are just as health threatening.