Today’s Ultimate Transformation Moment seeks to educate people on a major component that can, over time, drain our human body systems. Today, we focus on sugar.

First of all, good sugar does provide energy to the body system. The body will take the sugar and use it as fuel. However, there are good and bad sugars.

Three types of bad sugar are: Sucrose, which is basically table sugar; dextrose, you’ll see as corn sugar; and high fructose corn syrup, which is in a majority of all of our foods, from breakfast cereal, to bread, pasta, butter, ketchup, etc. Bad sugars are void of nutrients.

When we take in an abundant amount of sugar, the body is thrown out of equilibrium and it tries to right itself. The pancreas begins to secrete insulin, which helps lower the sugar level, and allows the body to continue to function. Over time, as the body continually pumps insulin to bring the sugar levels down, it begins to react negatively. The blood itself becomes thicker, and adds more pressure on the blood flow into the heart. This may lead to the development of heart disease.

Although sugar is used to create energy, bad sugar robs the body’s system of existing nutrients.

Sucrose, dextrose and fructose, get into the body system and offer nothing. So, the body has to take from its system and try to move/process the sugars. While the body is busy developing the insulin to regulate the sugar, it cannot focus on processing them at the same time. Consequently, it decides to store the sugar in the body system as fat.

Here’s what most people don’t understand: Sugar enters the body system, and is recognized like Vitamin C which helps build the immune system. Unfortunately, as additional sugar enters the body, the body focuses on attempting to process the sugar, and ignores the Vitamin C. Now, the immune system begins to drop and you become more susceptible to greater disease like cancer.

The sugar gets stored as fat, and cancer feeds off the stored sugar. Since the immune system is not being strengthened by the Vitamin C, which one grows–the cancer.

Sugar is also high in calories. If we’re trying to lose weight, sugar adds many calories to your daily food intake. The more calories ingested, the slower the body metabolizes the food. The blood thickens, and the body starts to slow down, and we begin to experience problems.

Soda provides an example of this scenario. One can of soda is about 150 calories but it’s also equal that in sugar. That makes 150 calories or basically 150 milligrams of pure sugar. If you drink one can of soda everyday for one year, this equals 54,750 calories. What is one pound of body weight equal to–3,500 calories. So, just with one can of soda consistently in your body everyday, you can potentially put on 15.6 lb.

If you can imagine gaining 15.6 lbs every year, it becomes clearer to understand to how we have become an obese nation.

On the other hand, good sugar or glucose, is found in fruits and vegetables. The reason they’re good is, because they enter the body system slowly and the body is able to process them in a natural form. These good sugars from fruits and vegetables offer the body fast, available energy.

They have vitamins and minerals in them, which means they bring something to the cellular system to help make it stronger. That’s what makes it a good sugar. The body is made up of cells that are strengthened by vitamins and minerals. However, we have to eliminate this bad sugar.

It is imperative that we eat more raw fruits and vegetables, along with lean proteins, beans and rice. These are the staples of good health. Be mindful of the bad sugars.

That’s our Ultimate Transformations Moment. Peace and be more.

Erich Nall is the owner and founder of Ultimate Transformations Training in Los Angeles, Calif. The certified trainer, nutritionist, (motivational speaker), and dedicated life coach is a regular guest and commentator on KJLH 102.3 FM’s the “Front Page with Dominique DiPrima.” As founder of Collegiate Search Youth Organization, Erich has been assisting youth in the community for more than 20 years.