This Chapter talks about the harmful effects of “sugar” in our body. Most of us have heard the good advice that we need to eat less sugar- and rightly so. However, despite the numerous warnings of the ill effects of sugar, the majority of the population is still greatly over consuming sugar on a daily basis in some form or other. Sugar taps into a powerful human preference for a sweet taste. We're born to like sugar. "Sugar" is both a broad category and a misleading one.
We do not have to consume white, refined sugar to be consuming sugar. Sugar includes glucose, fructose (as in fruit sugar), lactose (as in milk), sucrose (as in table sugar), maltose or malts (as in rice malt and honey), jam (contains concentrated juice, which is high in fruit sugar), maple syrup, corn syrup, palm sugar (traditionally used in macrobiotic cooking), and the very deceiving organic brown sugar, which is not all that different from white sugar. Even alcohol is a sugar. All of these sugars are problematic in many different ways.
There are also non-caloric artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks that may satisfy your sweet cravings without calories, but in an artificial and chemical-based way.
Sugar is addictive. Unlike with substance abuse, people don't get the shakes when they stop eating sugar. But people with constant sugar cravings do exhibit one symptom of dependence, "continued use despite knowledge of the bad consequences or having to give up certain activities". For instance, people who crave sugary, fatty foods will keep eating them even if obesity makes it uncomfortable to walk or to sit in an economy seat on the plane.
The sugar industry is not declining and obesity and related diseases on the increase. Sugar is a major culprit in the case against diabetes and obesity. For obese individuals, consuming even a teaspoon of sugar a day would cause metabolic imbalances that contribute to obesity and diabetes. Sugar is to be avoided, not only by the obese but by all healthy individuals.