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The Problem with Sugar

Mar 30, 2023 11:59PM ● By Joyce Sobotta


Sugar can suppress the immune system and cause fatigue, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating and irritability in adults and children. It can increase inflammation, fluid retention, pain, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and premature aging. Especially to be avoided are high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, Splenda and sucralose. These types of sweeteners can create digestive complications, nervous system problems, headaches and mood disorders, including depression and anxiety. Sugar can increase the risk of heart disease, cause higher LDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and all cancers.

Hormonal imbalances in men and women may be caused by excess sugar and refined carbohydrates because they increase estradiol—especially in the thyroid and adrenal glands. Sugar also lowers libido and may increase PMS symptoms. The more sugar that is eaten, the more elasticity and function of the body are lost because it robs the body of vitamins and minerals. Mineral deficiencies make bones and tendons brittle and may lead to restless legs, heart problems, arthritis and osteoporosis. Sugar contributes to uncontrolled obesity and yeast infections (Candida).

Excessive sugar can worsen allergic and asthmatic conditions and ADD and ADHD. Indigestion and acid reflux may be caused by too much sugar. Consuming high amounts of sugar can increase IBS and constipation because sugar lacks enzymes which break down food to help digestion. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stool and bacteria in the colon which produce cancer-causing compounds.

An excellent way to sweeten foods is with natural fruits and their juices. Other natural alternatives to incorporate sweetness into one’s diet include honey, maple syrup, molasses, monk fruit and stevia.

Excerpted from Breast Health is In Your Hands, Tips for Breast Vitality and Sensuality, chapter on Nutrition and Digestion, authored by Joyce Sobotta. Founder of Healthy Girls Breast Oil, a unique and effective essential oil blend for breast health, Sobotta offers consultations on natural breast health. For more information, visit