Candy is basically sugar dissolved in water and concentrated through boiling. With more heat, more of the water evaporates and the result is generally the hard and brittle types of candies. Soft candies are made in lower temperatures.
In the past candy was used as part of a medicine. It served as the sweet coating that would make an otherwise unpleasant tasting but medicinal herb or spice easier to swallow. As the production of sugar became cheaper and more methods for manufacturing candy were invented and became available, candy and similar products became dessert or snack food on their own.
The Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends that you avoid eating candy as much as possible. Besides providing nothing but empty calories, the sugar and additional ingredients carry certain health risks.
Continue reading about the negative effects of candy and find out why eating such products can only be an obstacle to your goals of achieving Superhuman health.
Candy Health Risks
Given that candy in all its various forms is mainly composed of processed sugar, you can expect the same health risks that result from the over-consumption of highly refined sucrose. There are other ingredients that go into the manufacture of commercial sweets and unfortunately these also present potential problems.
If candy is just sugar dissolved, cooked and shaped in different ways, how does one make them attractive and appetizing? Artificial coloring, flavoring and other synthetic additives play a big role in enticing consumers. Between a pack of colorless translucent hard candy and one that contains a variety of green, red, and yellow pieces, one will likely purchase the latter. Both are just as sweet, but colored candy, besides being visually appealing, promises additional flavors like “strawberry” or “vanilla”.
Ever since the onset of packaged food products, several food additives have been found to be dangerous and were banned. Some of these food additives are artificial coloring that’s typically used in candy products. Those banned in 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s were found to be carcinogenic or causes organ failure.
The consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest in pursuit of its mission, has as recently as 2008 identified additional food dyes that present health risks. One example is “Yellow 5”, officially known as Tartrazine. It is used in candies and gelatin desserts as well as in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. One of the negative effects that have been strongly linked to these food additives is hyperactivity.
In the next post, I’ll tell you about the negative effects of high fructose corn syrup and why you should avoid it to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
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