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08/30/2016
In 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin tried to answer the question, "What is the difference between a food and a poison?" His working definition of 'poison' was, "medically: any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease." "Physically: any substance which inhibits the activity of a catalyst, which is a minor substance, chemical, or enzyme that activates a reaction." Dr. Martin found out that refined sugar is a poison because it depletes the body of vitamins and minerals. "What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins, and minerals are present." This means that the body cannot metabolize refined sugar. Instead of getting energy from sugar, the human body takes energy from existing vitamins and minerals, which depletes their presence. So by eating sugar, you are actually taking away vitamins and minerals in your body. That's why after eating a sugary snack or drinking a sugary drink, your teen or tween crashes. Does this mean that sugar is a poison? I'm afraid so, soda fans! These quotes are from the Chilton Book Company’s book, Sugar Blues, copyright 1975 by William Dufty. For more great content, check out this post on breakfast food for growing bodies.

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