Sugar Part II: Little Granules of Demise

Sugar Part II: Little Granules of Demise

In “SUGAR – PART I”, 180 Degree Nutritionals established the dangers inherent in the consumption of sugar. Building upon this knowledge, the next logical question raised would relate to where sugars can be located within your daily routine.

First, lets start with the question of sugars derived from fruits and their effect on the human body. First, we must debunk the theory that “fruit is mainly sugar” – for this statement has historically been misinterpreted. Within the fruit classification system, natural sugar is present – but so too is water, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients (naturally occurring plant compounds that have wide ranging beneficial effects on the body).[1] The sugar is in the form of fructose – a natural sugar occurring in fruit. However, the majority of calories located in fruit are in the form of carbohydrates – healthy starches as well as structural elements, like cellulose, that provide fiber. This nutritional value is very different from the “empty calories” taken from added sugars rampant throughout our diets and must be taken into consideration. For a side-by-side comparison, lets look at the nutritional value of an orange: an average orange contains 12 grams of natural sugar (3 teaspoons); add to that 3 grams of fiber; a full day’s supply of vitamin C; healthy antioxidants; and folic acid and potassium – all for roughly 50-60 calories.

Now, lets compare this to a 20-ounce glass of cola: for 225 calories; no accompaniment of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, or fiber; an influx of artificial color and flavor; and most devastatingly, roughly 60-odd grams of sugar – nearly 1/3 of a cup. This comparison should be on the forefront of your mind before you opt for a cola over a glass of water with a fresh lemon or lime.

Sugar’s detrimental effects are far-reaching, long-lasting, and completely incontrovertible. Here is what you need to know about sugar:[2]

  • Depletes the body of vitamins and minerals
  • Suppressed the Immune System
  • Upset the body’s mineral balance
  • Can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children
  • Can cause drowsiness and decreased activity
  • Produces a significant rise in triglycerides
  • Weakens defenses against bacterial infection
  • Can cause kidney damage
  • Can elevate harmful levels of cholesterol
  • Can lead to chromium/copper deficiency
  • Interferes with calcium & magnesium absorption
  • Can lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum
  • Can increase risk of colon cancer in women
  • Can increase risk in gall bladder cancer
  • Can increase fasting levels of blood glucose
  • Can weaken eyesight
  • Can raise narrow blood vessels
  • Can cause hypoglycemia
  • Can produce an “acidic stomach”
  • Can raise adrenaline levels in children
  • Can increase the risk of coronary hearth disease
  • Can speed-up the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair
  • Can lead to alcoholism
  • Can produce tooth decay
  • Can contribute to weight gain and obesity
  • Can increase the risk of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers
  • Can cause arthritis
  • Can cause asthma
  • Can cause candidiasis (yeast infection)
  • Can lead to the formation of gallstones
  • Can lead to the formation of kidney stones
  • Can cause ischemic heart disease
  • Can cause appendicitis
  • Can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis
  • Can indirectly cause hemorrhoids
  • Can cause varicose veins
  • Can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users
  • Can lead to periodontal disease
  • Can contribute to osteoporosis
  • Can contribute to saliva acidity
  • Can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity
  • Can cause a decrease in glucose tolerance
  • Can decrease growth hormone
  • Can increase total cholesterol
  • Can increase systolic blood pressure
  • Can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption
  • Can cause food allergies
  • Can contribute to diabetes
  • Can cause toxemia during pregnancy
  • Can contribute to eczema in children
  • Can cause cardiovascular disease
  • Can impair the structure of DNA
  • Can cause cataracts
  • Can cause emphysema
  • Can cause atherosclerosis
  • Can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream
  • Can lower the enzymes’ abilities to function
  • Can cause the loss of tissue elasticity and function
  • Can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver
  • Can increase the amount of fat in the liver
  • Can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney
  • Can overstress the pancreas, causing damage
  • Can increase the body’s fluid retention
  • Can cause constipation
  • Can cause myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Can compromise the lining of the capillaries
  • Can cause hypertension
  • Can cause headaches, including migraines
  • Can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly
  • Can cause depression
  • Can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets
  • Can increase bacterial fermentation in the colon
  • Can cause hormonal imbalance
  • Can increase blood platelet adhesiveness, leading to an increased risk of blood clots
  • Can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

While this list may be long, the point is to be emphatically direct regarding sugar’s disastrous consequences. Having read the reports and surveyed the mountains of evidence in the form of news accounts, stories, articles, and studies surrounding the ill-effects of sugar, disregarding the dangers are no longer an option. At 180 Degree Nutritionals, we will constantly keep you apprised of the various pseudonyms and designations used to conceal the presence of sugar.


Sugar, sweeteners, and other pseudonyms:

  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucanat
  • Sucrose
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Sugar alcohols:
    1. hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
    2. isomalt
    3. lactitol
    4. maltitol
    5. mannitol
    6. sorbitolxylitol


[1] Bowerman, S. (2011, February 10). The truth about sugar in fruit. Discover Good Nutrition. Retrieved from

[2] Frank, V. (n.d.). 78 Reasons to Avoid Sugar. TBM Seminars. Retrieved from

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