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  • Is sugar worse than smoking?

    Dont get me wrong they are both doing terrible things in todays society.
    But everytime a smoker gets some critisim its usually by someone in the office eating a doughtnut.

    I thought about this and then wrote this:

    In perspective: Is sugar worse than smoking?

    I would love your thoughts. Do you agree?
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  • #2
    I see your point, but to say outright one is worse for you than the other is kind of silly. Obviously the impact sugar has on our body is largely unknown by the general population, plus the omnipresence of it makes it quite dangerous. I'd say it's virtually impossible to quantifiably compare their effects though.

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    • #3
      I quit smoking and sugar a week ago on Sunday. Both of them suck! Your health is negatively impacted but it is more socially acceptable to eat sugar than smoke now. I don't want to have anything to do with them for the rest of my life. I am enjoying the natural taste of fruit now and I cannot believe it's been over a week since I've eaten any form of sugar. A day wouldn't go by in the past when I would be dying for sugar. My smoking craving was NEVER that strong.

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      • #4
        Having done both and been around both for decades, I can assure you smoking is much worse.
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        • #5
          As an ex-smoker, I found it relatively easy to quit compared to quitting sugar. Sugary junk can be bought just about everywhere and is still accepted in many circles (doughnuts at the office, cake at a party, pie at the family get-together). It's hard to resist sugar when other people are egging you on and it's taunting you everywhere you go (vending machines, grocery store, hell even the doctor's office has a candy jar). Maybe I'm just weird, but my cravings for cigarettes died out quickly compared to sugar cravings, which I'm still dealing with. And when I did cave in to a cig during my initial quitting stages, I didn't binge on them like I do when caving in to sugar.

          And thinking about addictions, I also had an alcohol problem years ago. That, too, was a lot easier to quit than sugar. Maybe it's because with alcohol the physical problems are more apparent (blacking out, hangovers) but with sugar it's such a slow degradation of health that we fool ourselves into believing it's just normal aging. If we can't admit there's a problem and even the government is part of the propaganda, how is the average citizen supposed to get motivated to change?
          I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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          • #6
            Sugar may be worse for individuals because it's more socially accepted and therefore more people get addicted to it; smoking is absolutely worse for society because you can never smoke and still have your health affected by second hand smoke.
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            • #7
              Not all smokers end up with cancer. Not all compulsive sugar eaters end up with diabetes. The links are definite, but also casual.

              I'm an avid fan of personal choice and personal responsibility. Be armed with the facts and make your own decision. Folks who give off the cuff health comments - that tapeworm vegan who keeps nattering about eating animals, that health nut who extolls the virtues of wholegrain, that paleon who keeps bleating on about saturated fat ... they all need taking down a peg or two and a slide-in comment to the anti-smokers is always one which I enjoy.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by petriquor View Post
                I'd say it's virtually impossible to quantifiably compare their effects though.
                absolutely, no doubt
                Originally posted by wendywoman71 View Post
                I quit smoking and sugar a week ago on Sunday. Both of them suck! Your health is negatively impacted but it is more socially acceptable to eat sugar than smoke now. I don't want to have anything to do with them for the rest of my life. I am enjoying the natural taste of fruit now and I cannot believe it's been over a week since I've eaten any form of sugar. A day wouldn't go by in the past when I would be dying for sugar. My smoking craving was NEVER that strong.
                Well done! Having stopped both at the same time is such a massive achievement keep it up!

                Originally posted by Heidi View Post
                As an ex-smoker, I found it relatively easy to quit compared to quitting sugar. Sugary junk can be bought just about everywhere and is still accepted in many circles (doughnuts at the office, cake at a party, pie at the family get-together). It's hard to resist sugar when other people are egging you on and it's taunting you everywhere you go (vending machines, grocery store, hell even the doctor's office has a candy jar).
                That is really well worded, wish I couldve summarised it like that. People truly dont realise sugar is addictive, and its everywhere. hadn't thought of alcohol, would be interesting if there are some stats out there to compare the cost to the health service, but I imagine its less.

                Originally posted by gojirama View Post
                Sugar may be worse for individuals because it's more socially accepted and therefore more people get addicted to it; smoking is absolutely worse for society because you can never smoke and still have your health affected by second hand smoke.
                Good point with second hand smoke. Relates a little to the impact on kids too actualy. Maybe its not just sugar they are subjected at a young age.
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                • #9
                  If you look at centenarians, many of them smoke daily. None that I'm aware of indulge in sugar daily. So I venture that sugar is worse from a longevity standpoint.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Timothy View Post
                    If you look at centenarians, many of them smoke daily. None that I'm aware of indulge in sugar daily. So I venture that sugar is worse from a longevity standpoint.
                    While smoking obviously isn't good for you, I wonder how much primal protects against it's damage.
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                    • #11
                      Would be amazing if there actually was a study to show that a fully function immune/detox system did limit effects. Im constantly reminding myself I dont have to eat everything as pure perfection and that my body will deal with a few impurities occasionally.
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                      • #12
                        smoking, it is not so bad. the bad effects are overrated.

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                        • #13
                          While I've never been a tobacco smoker myself, my understanding is that the bad effects are largely due to the oxidative stress of the smoke and the vasoconstrictive effects of the nicotine. Such stresses were not unknown to ancestral humans and can be mitigated by diet.

                          Excessive sugar, on the other hand, is a novel stress for which humans are not well adapted. Excessive sugar glycates proteins, creates insulin resistance that starves lean tissue of nutrients and leads to diabetes, upsets intestinal biota, feeds cancers and viruses, impairs fat oxidation, etc.

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                          • #14
                            I'm sure smoking plain tobacco leaves is safer than the mysterious formaldehyde and carcinogen cocktail that gets passed off as tobacco in most cigarettes. I just smoke catalpa bean once in awhile for kicks.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Timothy View Post
                              While I've never been a tobacco smoker myself
                              {wink, wink}

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