By Dean L. Jones, CPM
Humans have always sought out an enormous variety of potentially ingestible items that may perhaps help to provide individual distinctive abilities. Although there have been a hefty number of successes in achieving a better method of consuming stuff, there has been an even larger number of failures ranging from minor skin eruptions all the way to sudden death. Even so, nearly every day we learn about another professional athlete who has worked to circumvent the system by ingesting and/or injecting a promising intensification substance. This results mainly from the actuality that mankind continually heightens his/her understanding about how consuming the right item(s) will/can produce a preferred bodily processing change.
Conversely, a significant number of people fully ignore some of the more common and perceivably consumable items as being incapable of changing our physical or mental framework. The evidence is much clearer, or least more accessible, which is that by eating simple processed sugar, it can be traced to behavior issues among humans, particularly children. The general public used to be repulsed by earlier facts that children eating processed sugar can become over hyperactive, but current data reveals even more sinister activity where teens who consume more than five cans of sugar-laden soft drinks every week (40 ounces) are significantly more likely to carry a weapon. Likewise, they are more apt to act violently toward peers, dates, and family members. This is no laughing matter as overtly consuming sugary products are linked to a wide range of aggressive or mood-related behaviors, such as fighting, feeling sad or hopeless to even being suicidal.
It is almost as though free will is being attacked, where the innate ability to choose on our own individual accord is being compromised by what we eat. Wherever sobriety is tapered with free will is confronted and I wonder how often do we consider that something as common as eating processed sugar could hinder our capacity to choose? Researchers have worked with approved study groups of children and compared the users of four or more sugary soft drinks a day to those who abstained and found that the sugar subjects literally destroyed other people’s belongings, verbally attacked others, and got into physical fights.
Children are being prescribed drugs a lot more than they were say forty years ago by both mental and physical doctors. Reasonably, combining a sugary processed chemical and a pharmaceutical that the outcome would be viewed as unhealthy. Study after study consistently suggest that drinking more than one soft drink a day is highly linked to heart disease, as well as a higher risk of acquiring tooth decay, becoming obese and/or a Type 2 diabetic. Accordingly, consumers should stay sugar alert about those processed food items being sold today, as a purchase is not mandatory, unless of course your ‘free will’ has already been spent.
Dean Jones, Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributes his view on health attributes derived from foods & beverages.