Suddenly now, the same experts are pinning all the blame on Sugar. Many have, in fact, started praising the several benefits of Fats. And many famous weight-loss diets, like Keto, rely on them heavily!
Vaping is relatively new and cool too. I mean 12 year olds to 80 year olds are vaping something. Huge bursts of smoke coming out of cars, people vaping during the day all day and then, oh yeah, it makes me relax and of course, its better than smoking......hmmmm.
But, it makes you fat, but it isn't a Fat? Perhaps the biggest reason why it goes undetected in most foods. Sugar as we know it: the basic, refined, white table sugar that we all think of is a Disaccharide called Sucrose.
Disaccharide is the combination of 2 kinds of sugar: Glucose Fructose. 50:50.
When we eat and drink sugar in our foods during the day, the body breaks it down into its constituent glucose and fructose molecules.
Glucose, is a form of sugar that is easily absorbed by all our cells. It's a sugar our body is capable of producing itself. Glucose, hence, is our body's primary source of energy.
That makes Glucose important. We can't really live and perform everyday functions without it.
Fructose, on the other hand, is NOT naturally occurring in our body. And it can only be metabolized in the liver. Which is a problem. Because chances that it'll be stored as fat, and not used for energy, are much higher.
When we consume Sucrose (sugar as mentioned above), it passes through the pancreas and Insulin is produced.
Insulin is the body's sugar regulator. It tells the body to take control of the sudden sugar surge, manage it, and distribute the energy evenly across the blood stream so it can be optimally utilized. (Eat too much sugar, over a very long period of time, and this system gets broken. That's Diabetes. )
The Problem with Fructose, is that it bypasses the pancreas. So no Insulin, no blood sugar regulation, no metabolization.
Fructose goes straight to the liver. Consume a lot of Fructose and it'll overload your liver. And when the liver gets overloaded, it stops processing the fructose to release energy. Because that's too much work. Much easier to just store it as fat.
So Fructose, not Glucose, is the primary fattener. But fruits are healthy right?? Don't fruits have Fructose?? Yes, but in small amounts....Coke 55mg vs Apple 5mg Fructose .
5mg Fructose 55mg HFCS (High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup)
HFCS is almost like sugar. It's 55% Fructose and the rest Glucose. So that is 55*55% = ~30gm Fructose. And 25 fm Glucose. You'd need to have 3-4 of each to match just the fructose in a bottle of soda. To say nothing of the 25gm of glucose.
So comparing 500ml coke to 500gm of fruits is ridiculous. But this absurdity hasn't stopped the processed food-industry from making the comparison.
If we can consume a half litre bottle of Coke in one go, why aren't we able to eat 500gm of Apples? They'd roughly be the same calories!
We can't, because apples and bananas and all fruits are nutrient dense foods. Unlike Coke, they aren't empty calories. They are fibre and minerals and nutrients. They fill you up and give you a feeling of satiety.
Students as young as 12 or 13 are now more likely to vape than to smoke. Many are under the impression that because e-cigs don't contain tobacco, they pose little risk to health. Wrong. And for stress relief?? There are such better and obvious alternatives that are natural and healthy for the body. Many people are turning to highly bioavailable organic hemp products for stress relief which doesn't have contraindications like we will discuss below.
Over the past few months, research has turned up evidence that vaping can pose many brand new risks. The vapors mess with immunity, some studies show. Smokers cough and bloody sores have begun showing up in teen vapers. The hotter a vaped liquid gets, the harsher its effects on human cells. And a relatively new vaping behavior called dripping ups the heat. This threatens to intensify a teen’s risks from those vapors.
Some new data even suggest that e-cig vapors may contain cancer-causing chemicals. "There are a lot of potentially harmful substances in e-cigarettes. If you're a teen with your whole life in front of you, why take that risk?" asks Rob McConnell. He's an internal medicine specialist at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
Cells in the body face constant damage from foreign substances, infections and injury. Most times, nothing bad happens to their host. That's because the body has a system in place to heal itself. Most major organs have special cells-fibroblasts (FY-broh-blasts) - that repair damaged or injured tissue.
Fibroblasts make up the connective tissues that keep organs in place. But when injured, these cells morph into wound-healers. "If you cut your hand, fibroblasts are the guys that are going to come in and help heal it," explains Rahman.
In their wound-healing form, fibroblasts at the edges of a cut will shrink. This causes the wound to close up. This squeezing or contraction of the skin takes a lot of energy. Fortunately, fibroblasts are powered by cellular engines. Called mitochondria (My-toh-KON-dree-uh), these tiny powerhouses turn food (sugar) into fuel.
When Irfan Rahman talked to young vapers, some complained of bleeding mouths and throats. And these bloody sores seemed slow to heal. Such reports concerned this toxicologist at the University of Rochester in New York. So he decided to investigate what the vapors inhaled from electronic cigarettes might be doing to mouth cells.
Last October, his team showed those vapors inflame mouth cells in ways that could potentially promote gum disease. That gum damage can destroy the tissues that hold teeth in place. So severe gum disease could lead to tooth loss.
Vapers inhale those same gases and particles into their lungs. Rahman wondered what effects those vapors might have on cells there. One gauge would be to test how long any lung-cell damage took to heal. And his latest data confirm that e-cigarette vapors also make it hard for lung cells to repair damage.
The attack on all fronts: Body, Mind and Soul-
Sugar converts into Glucose and Fructose. Too much Fructose and you get fat. Too much Glucose and you get diabetes. But did you know, Sugar's now been identified as the leading cause for Cardiovascular diseases too? As if getting cavities and diabetes together wasn't enough!
Vaping causes your body to degenerate at a cellular level and constant long term use reduces the body's intrinsic ability to heal itself!!!??
It just begins with the Body. The real game sugar plays is with the mind. You see, our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn't have ready access to sweet carbs like sugar. Best they could do was get fruits. And that too rarely.
So when your carb-deprived ape-brain sees sugar, it gets VERY happy. Which, in science talk, is that it gets a Dopamine hit. Yes. Sugar, creates the same brain response as dope. Infact, studies have found Sugar to be as addictive as Cocaine.
But the metals absorbed in the our system through vaping can reek havoc on our central nervous system, cause cancer and emotional despair.
Over time, anything that affects your mind and body so intensely, starts seeping into your soul. What they're essentially saying is that the idea of happiness is now so intrinsically linked with something sweet for them, that they've become like Pavlov's dog. They used to eat "sweets" to celebrate happiness → then it went to feeling happy just because they're eating sweet → and now it's so bad that the absence of "sweets" makes them sad.
Vaping seems to be habitual like the sugar circle as well. It's everywhere and the body gets conditioned to it and the brain wants more.
And there is science behind this craving too. One, that dopamine hit is addictive. Two, the Insulin response of your body, goes numb.
You become immune to a certain amount of sugar. Half a cake no longer cuts it. Now you need a full piece. Then you need two. Sounds like our favorite Eric Clapton song.....Cocaine.
Same with Vaping, you can continue to tolerate more and more and the degenerative effects continue to add up.
Yes, sugar has been available for human consumption for centuries. But for 90% of this time, it was available in its natural form. Until the advent of the sugar mill and the creation of refined sugar.
But even with refined sugar, the problem wasn't so severe. Because there was only one kind of sugar. Sugar.
So you knew when you were consuming it. You made a conscious choice to eat that cake or drink that lemonade. And because our body can process only so much sweet food (food that it recognizes as "sweets", rather) at a time, it applied automatic controls on the portions. Things, hence, were manageable.
But then came the Great Depression, the Kellogg company, white flour and more. And wages plummeted. And the US government started incentivising it's farmers to switch to "cash" crops. Corn, being first amongst equals. And farmers did as told. Which led to a massive corn surplus with the government. But they had no use for it.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is just like sugar. But cheap. Once they discovered corn could be converted to HFCS, they went crazy. And ended up with tons of HFCS. And again no use for it. So they incentivized the food industry to replace sugar with HFCS.
But the food industry did them one better. They didn't just replace, they introduced HFCS into everything. Bread, pasta, candy, yogurt, salad dressing, juice-you name it.
It was so cheap. And people loved it! Their brains didn't recognise these foods to be "Sweets," but their bodies knew they were getting glucose and fructose. And their mind was getting that dopamine hit. A perfect cover up.
So Americans started consuming it by the tons. There's a reason why average, per person sugar consumption in the US has tripled in the last 100 years! That’s over 200gm of sugar a day! That's about 30-40% of their daily energy requirement coming from sugar alone.
And like it always does, the US didn't keep it's problems to itself. It made it into a business, advertised the hell out of it, and exported it to the world. So now we are all eating sugary pasta and drinking canned juices and getting fat and diabetic and toothless. Thanks for nothing. Let's go Vape?!?!