There is nothing that is more demonized today than white sugar.
White flour is a close second — but “everybody knows” that white sugar is “bad for you.”
However, the research does not support this idea at all.
In fact, sugar may be a key to lowering inflammation in the body.
So, instead of it being a danger, white sugar could be part of the answer to our problems!
Inflammation is at the heart of almost all of today’s modern diseases.
It causes ED.
Inflammation causes type II diabetes.
It causes prostate problems.
And it is quite possible that inflammation causes cancer.
With so many issues caused by inflammation, sugar could be a huge help to our health.
Reducing inflammation with sugar means fewer performance issues.
It means fewer issues with the prostate, with type II diabetes, and very likely — less risk of cancer!
It’s important to realize that inflammation is nothing but our body’s response to microbes and viruses.
It’s part of how the body combats issues.
But a lot of our foods and medicine today create more inflammation.
This means our body is continually amped-up to a high degree so that our own immune system attacks our healthy cells.
Let’s just repeat that to be clear…
Chronic inflammation is an attack on healthy cells!
So the secret to health and longevity is tied to eliminating this chronic inflammation.
To break the code, look at the diets of healthy people who live a long time.
When researchers asked people who have enjoyed long, healthy lives about their diets, they were SHOCKED!
Their diet consists largely of sugar in the form of carbohydrates.
Most healthy people in the world eat a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.
This is completely opposite of what the diet gurus will tell you right now.
They villainize carbohydrates and sugars — blaming them for everything from tiredness to weight gain.
But clearly, that is not the case.
Carbohydrates are nothing but long chains of sugar molecules.
Once you eat them, the body converts carbohydrates into simple sugars.
And even though we’ve been told that sugar is evil, most of us eat mostly sugar most of the time.
That’s what makes this study so interesting.
In this study, researchers gave healthy people large meals consisting of sugar.
They were looking to see how sugar affected the immune system.
So they measured the activity level of cells called phagocytes.
Phagocytes are one of the most basic cells in our immune system.
They wander around the body, and literally devour bad bacteria.
So researchers monitored these phagocytes to see if sugar caused them to become more or less active.
In other words, did sugar cause the phagocytes to have more work to do, or did it help them out?
What the study found is that once people consume a meal consisting of sugar, the activity of the phagocytes falls.
In simple terms, sugar depresses or lowers inflammation.
Now, you may wonder how this inflammation and phagocyte process works.
Think of it this way.
Inflammation involves a heightened response in the immune system.
Consider what happens if your house is being attacked by thieves.
You call the police, and they come and surround the house.
They become an armed guard around your home until the situation is resolved.
That’s what the phagocytes are like.
Normal germ attacks on the body are like an attack on the house.
The phagocytes are like the police officers and the guards that keep the thieves at bay.
Except sometimes, things go wrong.
The phagocyte police turn corrupt.
The armed guards start attacking the residents of the house.
That’s inflammation — the attack on the body by its own immune cells, often the phagocytes.
As this paper notes:
Our immune system design is a paradox.
It’s designed to attack microbes, but here it also attacked the host organism.
The secret to a long healthy life may be:
understanding the paradox and developing therapeutic strategies that optimize microbial killing and minimize host tissue damage.
And researchers think that one way of controlling this paradox will involve sugar.
It seems that sugar is one way of controlling inflammation.
It’s a way of basically stopping a lot of the attacks on the house.
And this may be why people seem healthiest with a high carbohydrate diet.
That sugar helps control the runaway immune response that we call inflammation.
Far from being a bad thing, sugar is a very good thing.
In the study, the researchers gave the subjects straight sugar and saw reduced inflammation.
In real life, you eat sugar with protein, and hopefully with good quality fats such as coconut oil or butter.
Eventually, they may test feeding a mixed diet of protein and sugar to people.
They may even finally add it to the list of anti-inflammatory foods.
In the meantime, sugar remains highly supportive of a modulated, reasonable immune system.
Sugar is a tasty way to help keep inflammation at bay.
It may be that sugar is our best defense against internal inflammation that causes all sorts of modern-day health problems.
Macrophage phagocytosis of aging neutrophils in inflammation. Programmed cell death in the neutrophil leads to its recognition by macrophages
Neutrophils, host defense, and inflammation: a double-edged sword