Sweets Kill!

June 2016Nutrition

Most of us love sweets: chocolate, cookies, cake & Co. are considered „mood lifters“ and „anti-frustration-food“. 165 million tons of sugar are consumed worldwide, 30 million tons in Europe alone – this means that the global sugar consumption has tripled in the past 50 years.

With our newest health blog we want to create an awareness, because most of the consumers don’t realize that sugar is a major component of most industrial foods like ketchup, fruit yogurt, cereals or sausage products. For example: a supposedly „healthy“ whey drink can contain 50g of sugar.

Children apparently seem to consume the most – with an average of 50.9 kilogramm of sugar per year. Organic biscuits, breakfast cereals or cereal bars, all these products contain more sugar than you think. According to a study by Food Watch, breakfast cereals aimed specifically at children contain up to 50 percent more sugar than breakfast cereals for adults. As a consequence, children are encouraged to be „Sugar Junkies“ from an early age.

A study was able to prove in fact, that already two glasses of sweetened lemonade a day can increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 87 percent.

Considering that about 35 million people die every year from the sequelae of excessive sugar consumption, which is more victims than relating to cocaine, heroin and tobacco combined – it seems this sweet source of joy has transformed into the most dangerous drug of our time. Sugar causes numerous painful and deadly diseases. Sugar also changes the brain metabolism, harms the liver, irritates the stomach and destroys the healthy intestinal flora. Furthermore, sugar affects the efficiency of the immune system.

In line with the motto „you are what you eat“ it is important to make wise decisions. As often as possible, eat fresh, untreated food. When you do consume sugar, select “good” ones, like Manuka Honey, Coconut Blossom Sugar or Stevia. Whenever you can, avoid processed foods. Also, try to integrate physical activities such as yoga, walking, swimming and other into your daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or choose the bike for short distances.

A study was able to prove in fact, that already two glasses of sweetened lemonade a day can increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 87 percent.

JK7® book tip – Sugar Blues by William Dufty (1975)

Even as much as 400 years ago, Paracelus said „the dose makes the poison“. In this sense, pay attention to yourself and your body. Don’t go through life pain plagued and worried – your body is meant for dancing, jumping, running and loving.

To create an appetite for healthy eating, you will find a delicious recipe created by JK7® chef Ralph Schelling below.

Curry-Cappuccino Soup (vegan & gluten free)

Ingredients

  • 1 organic onion
  • ½ cup organic pascal celery
  • 1 small organic green apple
  • 2 tbs. raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbs. organic coconut flakes
  • 2 tbs. organic Madras curry powder
  • 3 organic kaffir lime leaves
  • half of an organic fair trade banana
  • 1 1/4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 ½ cups organic coconut milk
  • Hawaiian sea salt to taste

Preparation

Dice onion, celery and unpeeled apple. Brown with oil and coconut flakes for three minutes. Dust with three-fourths of the curry powder. Add kaffir lime leaves, banana, vegetable broth and two-thirds of the coconut milk. Simmer for 30 minutes and season with salt to taste. Mix thoroughly. Pour into glasses or cups. 

Froth the remaining coconut milk and add it on top of the soup. Decorate with curry powder. Serve immediately.

Additional decoration: Rub a well cleaned chervil root with sunflower oil and salt, and bake at high temperature till easily pierced with a knife. Cut the root lengthwise and place on a skewer. Lay skewer over the rim of the glass and garnish with fresh organic herbs.

Bon Appétit!
Your JK7® Team

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