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March 29, 2010

Dear Mark: Sugar as Immune Suppressant

By Mark Sisson
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Dear Mark,

Since going Primal last summer, my vegan buddy and I have some very explicit differences of opinion. I’m sure you can guess where they come up. Where we agree though is on the subject of sugar, especially refined sugar (syrups, honey, HFCS, table sugar, etc). Neither of us eat the stuff as a rule, but we have different reasons for avoiding it. I give the standard list and his main contention is that sugar compromises the immune system. Is this true? Does eating sugar actually suppress the immune system? I’ve heard this before, but have yet to see hard proof. Thanks.

Thanks for the question. We already know sugar should be limited in the human diet. Most people can agree with that. Here are but a few of its effects on our physiologies. Fun stuff!

It leads to insulin resistance.

It promotes inflammation in the body.

It can lead to weight gain when ingested.

It contributes to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In fact, our livers process fructose very similarly to the way they process ethanol. Lustig calls fructose “alcohol without the buzz.”

It appears to act like fertilizer for cancer cells.

High fructose diets decrease HDL levels, while reducing the diameter and increasing the density of LDL particles.

Glucose and especially fructose can bond to – glycate – proteins and lipids without proper enzymatic control.

All that would be plenty justification for anyone to cut sugar from their diet, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, who wants glycated lipids wedging themselves between endothelial walls, or a cascade of inflammatory responses leading to weight gain and insulin resistance, or a bed of happy, hungry cancer cells enjoying a steady supply of food? Not me.

But you were wondering whether sugar really suppresses the immune system. It’s a charge often levied against the humble ivory granules, and, perhaps owing to their despicable record, it’s stuck. Sugar is an easy target to pick on, and it’s a sticky substance (at least when wet), so things stick.

As to whether sugar directly impacts the immune response, there is evidence that it does play a role: the often-cited 1973 neutrophilic phagocytosis study out of Loma Linda University. Neutrophils are small white blood cells, about 9 or 10 µm in diameter. They’re also the most abundant white blood cell, or leukocyte, in the body. Good thing, too, because they play a crucial role in the defense of the multicellular organism (that’s us). Neutrophilic phagocytosis is the process by which offensive microbes are dispatched by neutrophils.

The Loma Linda study observed the effect of sugar ingestion upon neutrophilic activity. After an overnight fast, subjects were administered oral 100 gram portions of either glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey, or orange juice. Blood was drawn before and after administration of the sugar, then mixed with a shot of staphylococcus epidermidis (a fairly common bacterial strain that can be virulent in compromised immune systems) to determine the neutrophilic phagocytosis response. After ingestion of sugar (but not starch), the phagocytic index (a rough measurement of the neutrophilic response) was significantly decreased, while fasting significantly increased the response. Sugar eating didn’t decrease the number of neutrophils; it simply decreased their responsiveness.

It isn’t exactly clear that sugar and sugar alone exerts a neutrophilic-dampening effect on our immune system. I’m inclined to think that the neutrophils aren’t lying dormant, befuddled and entranced by the fructose. Instead, I’m thinking they’re occupied by the rapid influx of twenty teaspoons of sugar into the body. Let me rephrase that: they’re occupied by the effects of the rapid influx of sugar. To understand what I mean, look at the start of this post. Check out all those negative, inflammatory effects sugar has on our body, and think about how twenty teaspoons of sudden sugar might necessitate an inflammatory response to deal with them all.

Who’s well-represented among the first wave of the inflammatory response, you might ask? Neutrophils. They are often the first responders to migrate toward the site of inflammation. Now, if a rapid influx of sugar can provoke an inflammatory response, and if that inflammatory response consists of neutrophils springing into action, it might explain the results of the Loma Linda study. Perhaps the neutrophils were dealing with the sugar rush. Maybe their cytoplasmic storage granules, which usually contain antimicrobial weaponry, were depleted after handling the fallout from all that fructose. In any case, though the Loma Linda study is suggestive, more research needs to be done on sugar and its possible immune suppressing effects.

What we do know is that it’s impossible (and shortsighted) to hone in on just a single factor. It isn’t just sugar that suppresses the immune system. It’s also stress. It’s too little exercise, or too much. It’s lack of sleep. It’s the SAD. Whatever contributes toward chronic inflammation, weight gain, excessive cortisol, and the metabolic syndrome is most likely also contributing to the compromised immune system. Sugar plays a role, maybe even a big one, but it’s not the only player.

We also know that people following the Primal Blueprint appear to be healthier. They’re the ones who survive flu season with nary a scratch, while their office mates take sick days and the trash bins overflow with used tissues. When they do fall ill, the turnover is quick and painless. These may just be anecdotal accounts, but they’re extremely powerful. Is it because of sugar avoidance? Seems likely. Whatever it is, though, it’s working.

So, sorry, Poppins. Keep your spoonful of sugar. It may very well help your spoiled wards choke down their medicine, but it could also make the problem – a weak immune system – even worse.

What are your thoughts? Have you noticed fewer colds and flus since ditching sugar and going Primal? Share your stories in the comment board!

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Melissa
Melissa
6 years 5 months ago

How timely! A couple weeks ago, I splurged and made some delicious chocolate chip cookies from Elana’s Pantry which called for Agave Nectar (instead of sugar). At the time I was thinking that agave nectar must be better than sugar, right?! Well, I ended up with a nasty cold. I haven’t had a cold in a very long time and I have to imagine that eating those cookies right before I got sick had something to do with it. Sigh! They were really good cookies, though!

Shanna
Shanna
3 years 5 months ago

It’s a common misconception that “natural sugars” are better for you. Agave nectar has as much or more fructose (the harmful part of sugar) than high fructose corn syrup. Same for honey. Now, those sugars might have other things in them that are good for you (raw honey is anti-microbial for example) but the sugar is still bad. Good for you for becoming more aware.

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Kishore
Kishore
6 years 5 months ago

The last time I got sick a few years ago with a bad acid reflux and elevated temperatures, the ‘expert’ at my local urgent care recommended 7UP, toast and a proton pump inhibitor for my acid reflux. I thanked the doc, promptly threw away the prescription and went home. I took a solution of squeezed ginger, lemon and rock salt throughout the day. Ate some eggs and a tablespoon of cocnut oil with each meal. I was fine in 2 days.

tess
tess
6 years 5 months ago

Mark, something just occurred to me (and i feel “slow” for it taking so long) — we know what sugar and alcohol do to the liver, but what about sugar-alcohols? are they double-trouble?

thanks!

Primal V
Primal V
3 years 6 months ago

Ironically sugar-alcohols are neither true sugars nor true alcohols. Mark has posted an article on them here:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sugar-alcohols/#axzz2O4ODoVKs

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 5 months ago

agave nectar… see “Smoking Candy Cigarettes” on Dr. Kurt Harris’s PaNu blog.
Glucose competes for the same receptors as vitamin C…

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 5 months ago
tess
tess
6 years 5 months ago

fascinating!

Sarah
6 years 5 months ago

Sugar is too easy to pick on. We’ll probably be finding new reasons to avoid it for a long time.

kongluirong
6 years 5 months ago

So just avoid it and stop picking on it. There are plenty of reasons already, why do we need more.

That’s the problem I see with a lot of the scientific studies going on out there, they are “finding” things that have already been “found”. Yeah, I know that experiments need to be done over and over to make sure that the result is really true, but I’m just so tired of seeing results of things I already know.
On the other hand, maybe people just need to be bombarded over and over with correct information before they’ll start following it.

Mickey
Mickey
6 years 5 months ago

That’s academia for you… but there are benefits to over-studying the heck out of things. After all, CW is founded on lots and lots of scientific study, but obviously the conclusions have not been for the betterment of health and nutrition.

I see research on sugar in the same way I see research on smoking. We already know it’s bad, but HOW bad can make a difference to some. For instance, I know some smokers have quit when they learned that smoking can lead to and/or exacerbate erectile dysfunction!

john smith
john smith
6 years 5 months ago

your brain needs sugar to stay alive. proven fact.

Leaf Eating Carnivore
Leaf Eating Carnivore
6 years 5 months ago

John Smith – Your brain needs glucose or ketones – but that doesn’t mean that you have to ingest same – you will make what you need from the rest of your low-carb diet (fats and proteins).

Mcallit – SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder. What happens to some of us far northern folks in the dead of the dark, dark winter, when the sun barely rises, if at all. A depression treated by a 2-week trip to Hawaii in January.

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Janet
6 years 5 months ago

If you did not want to eliminate sugar completely from your diet, do you have any recommendations? I’ve been experimenting with coconut sugar which does not seem to give me the rush as white sugar does.

Nitin
1 year 4 months ago

Well, I realize I am replying after 5 years :).
Try raw honey – rich in live enzymes. Cocunut sugar is fine but be aware that it’s primarily fructose and not glucose (so perhaps not very high GI but high G load).
You can also try xylitol.

Dave RN
Dave RN
6 years 5 months ago

Try Stevia. Not the “Truvia” stuff, but plain, liquid stevia. Truthfully, you’re better off biting the bullit and no doing sugar at all. You’ll be glad you did.

Joe
Joe
6 years 5 months ago
My holistic physiatrist — Who’s been treating me for the sort of joint pains and tendonitis that come from forty years of chronic cardio and excessive grains — recommends honey for its anti-viral properties in moderation. This is just anecdotal, I know, but last week when I seemed to be catching my toddler’s cold, I made a hot toddy with honey. (We give her honey in place of OTC cough suppressants… works!) And I managed to avoid getting sick to the same degree as her. Was this the honey? Or the fact that I’ve been living Primal for six weeks… Read more »
Dan
Dan
6 years 5 months ago

Your kid sounds too old for this to be a concern, but others thinking of feeding their children honey as medicine (or feeding them honey, AT ALL, for that matter) should read this:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infant-botulism/HQ00854

4r4nd0mninj4
6 years 5 months ago

I have recently noticed a correlation with sugar intake and my allergies acting up. I am allergic to dust mites, and my allergies tend to act up about a day or two before I come down with a cold. I too believe that sugar does appear to act like an immune suppressant, allowing my allergies to act up where they normally would be under control.

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago

Technically, an allergy is an immune response, so by definition *some* part of your immune system is not being suppressed, but rather is being overactive. But there are several components to the human immune system. Could be that the part suppressed (or distracted?) by sugar intake is not the same part that goes crazy when you come into contact with dust mites. I wouldn’t know either way, but maybe your allergy doc would.

Cassana Lennox
Cassana Lennox
1 year 7 months ago
I learned that decades ago. I was a Claritin junkie every spring. I thought it was the lilac bushes in bloom. I had to smear cortizone all over my eyes, in addition to taking Claritin in larger than recommended doses. Then I tried going sugar free and carb free except carb veggies like cauliflower. This amounts to no gluten as well. Result is, I have not bought Claritin in 10 years. Gads, it sure saves me a lot of money! And I can stand myself now. Side effect – no flu either, and don’t take flu shot. So if I… Read more »
David
David
6 years 5 months ago

This might be a dumb question, but what about natural sugars? I don’t really eat sweets, I don’t drink coffee where I would need to add sugar…

The only place I really get sugar from is fruits. Obviously I don’t want to cut out fruits. Is this type of sugar “different”?

I am sure it is, but just looking for the “actual” reason. Thanks!

Ben
Ben
6 years 5 months ago

@David: If you do a bit of a search both here and on Dr Kurt Harris’ blog (www.paleonu.com) for posts about fructose (the primary sugar in fruit) you’ll find a fair bit of information to answer your question more thoroughly.

In short, as with most things, it comes down to being moderate with your fruit intake, and trying to avoid the _really_ sugary stuff like grapes, watermelon and mangoes. Fructose is still a sugar and, in concentrated forms like High Fructose Corn Syrup, is particularly problematic (look up YouTube for the Lustig video about Fructose for more).

Hope this helps.

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago
There’s definitely fructose in sugar, but even in the modern hybrids bred for greater sweetness, the fructose amount is only a fraction of that present in the Standard American Diet. The Eades talk about that in their latest book–even if you eat fruit every day you are never going to come anywhere near the amount you’d get from, say, a soda-a-day habit. I’d say based on reading and personal experience that you should just pay attention to your body. All fruits have fructose in them, although it’s a tiny amount, but fruits also have a glycemic index which does sometimes… Read more »
ThePrimalBrett
ThePrimalBrett
6 years 5 months ago

I didn’t have one bad cold/flu/sore throat, etc. this winter after having at least one or two bad ones each year during college. The worst I contracted was a slight sinus problem which didn’t last long and was no doubt brought on by having a bit too much to drink (20%). The most sugar I enjoy these days is in the form of an apple… which basically tastes like a candy bar, post-Primal!

mcallit
mcallit
6 years 5 months ago
I lived on sugar for a long time as child, and I was often sick with something (usually strep, which may or may not have any relation to sugar intake, but I had it every year of my life for the first 14 years!). A ginger and honey mixture in some hot water takes care of cold problems (at least for me). For a cough, buy some horseradish and take a teaspoon of that! You won’t cough the rest of the day! I haven’t searched, but Mark should make a list of “possible” food remedies for potential illnesses (it’s hard… Read more »
mcallit
mcallit
6 years 5 months ago

On a side note, what does SAD stand for?

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 5 months ago

Standard American Diet (i.e., loaded with crappy carbs and frankenfat).

Jeff in PDX
Jeff in PDX
6 years 5 months ago

I was thinking Seasonal Affective Disorder???

LisaG
LisaG
6 years 5 months ago

My spouse is having a hard time eliminating suger in her coffee. She is now trying evaporated Palm Sugar which she likes over Stevia. I know sugar is bad for you, but does anyone know if this evaporated Palm Sugar is good substitute or not?

arrr
arrr
6 years 5 months ago

That’s sugar too, probably not healthy on a daily basis

Christina
Christina
6 years 5 months ago

I’ve been trying to limit fruit even more lately. I talked to another primal friend and he described a week without any glucose as being his best week yet!

Shane
6 years 5 months ago
I would agree that it’s not the sugar itself that directly correlates to a suppressed immune system but rather the effects of sugar on the body (namely inflammation which Mark mentions). Think of it as a chain reaction. I study and research this stuff for a living like Mark does but my first hand experience seems to confirm this as well. I cut most all processed and refined sugars from my diet and haven’t had a cold in years. And a flu shot is a joke to me (recommened though for the young, old and those with suppressed immune systems).… Read more »
Nathan
Nathan
6 years 5 months ago

Why do I love sugar so much!!!!!!!!!!!!! Booooo

Marissa Davidson
6 years 5 months ago

Just watch the Price of Sugar documentary. If the bad health doesn’t kill you, the emotional trauma that the Haitian’s go through will…

shema
shema
6 years 5 months ago

I want SO bad to get off of sugar but I’m convinced I’m addicted.

Kate
2 years 10 months ago

And you’ll stay addicted, whilever you stay convinced 🙁 In all my experiences of changing my diet and fasting, I’ve found that once the mind is made up, the battle is already 90% won. You can let this work against you (by believing you can’t do something that you’d really like to be able to), or put it to work for you (by believing you can and will do something)…Choice is yours.

Kate
2 years 10 months ago

I haven’t once been sick since quitting sugar (3 and half years ago), and I’m not Paleo. I like to take advantage of Paleo recipes, but still have grains here and there. I also credit my excellent health with daily green smoothies and “oil-pulling” every morning, but I feel the quitting sugar has had the most influence.

Cassana
Cassana
1 year 7 months ago

YEA!!! GREEN SMOOTHIES! BEST FOOD ON THE PLANET!!! EVERY MORNING, EVERY AFTERNOON. TAKE A BOTTLE WITH YOU FOR A SNACK!! GOD’S FOOD FOR MAN!!!

Susan
6 years 5 months ago

It’s hard to say EXACTLY why we have fewer illnesses when we are living a Primal lifestyle. There are so many reasons why it could be, I highly doubt that avoiding sugar is solely the reason but rather a collection of not eating highly processed, chemical laden foods, and being active that is responsible.

Pam Brown
6 years 5 months ago

I haven’t had a cold since I kicked sugar more than a year ago.

Steven
6 years 5 months ago
My one vice is raw cane sugar (I know this doesn’t mean much to most, it’s all sugar) and a small amount of organic heavy whipping cream in my coffee in the mornings. I’m actually sick of hearing or reading people saying to try Stevia; I’ve tried it many times and still continue to try it, thinking that perhaps “it will be better this time,” and it still and has always plain out sucked. I’ll do coffee black every now and then just to get through an intermittent fast but I hate my coffee just black. And yes, I’ve tried… Read more »
Ben
Ben
6 years 5 months ago
@Steven: At the risk of sounding like one of your workmates, you’re possibly being a little obsessive 😉 Seriously, if you LOVE your sugary sweet coffee then maybe you shouldn’t sweat it so much. Or, you could give up coffee altogether for a month or so, as well as anything else that you like that’s sweet-ish, and then come back to it (the coffee I mean) and see if you really still need the sugar to enjoy it. I found that once you get away from the need for something to taste sweet to be OK – and I’m betting… Read more »
Steven
6 years 5 months ago

Hey Ben, thanks for the reply! Yeah, I know it’s not too big a deal. As I said in my post, I’ve decreased my sugar intake by a lot. I swear I used to put the equivalent of 10 or 12 tsp. in my coffee so… You are right though, as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that my sweet tooth has dropped off a bit. I will continue to decrease the amount of sugar I put in coffee and see if one day I can it take it to none. We’ll see!

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago

The Weston Price folks say that if you’re going to consume sugar, have it be something like evaporated cane juice (sometimes called Rapadura), honey, or maple syrup because at least then you are getting enzymes and minerals along with the sweetness. It’s my understanding that processing sugar in the body uses up mineral and B-vitamin stores, but leaning more toward whole-food sweeteners might blunt some of that effect. This is another one of those areas in which I wish they would do more research, though.

Bush Rat
Bush Rat
6 years 5 months ago
As someone with an immunodeficiency disorder let me point out one thing: Neutrophils are part of your innate immune system and protect against bacteria etc, not against viruses like the flu. It is the adaptive immune system that protects against the flu. The purpose of vaccines is to give the adaptive immune system the memory of the virus so it can respond quicker later on. Anyway, it seems to me that decreasing sugar decreases the risk of catching the flu, which has to do with the adaptive immune system (and thus nothing to do with neutrophils). Therefore there is a… Read more »
Dave from Hawaii
6 years 5 months ago

IIRC, Dr. Mercola often points out that a large part of the bodies immune system resides in the bacteria content of your gut…and that sugars will throw off the balance of beneficial pro-biotics and feed the bacteria that is unhealthy for you. An out of proportion bacteria in your gut is one of the primary reasons your immune system becomes weak and compromised. This is why most yogurt is bad for you…the heavy sugar content mitigates any potential benefit you would have gotten from the acidophilous and other pro-biotics found in the yogurt.

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago
I’m not sure I buy that. Lactic acid bacteria eat sugar. That’s how yogurt is produced in the first place. Lactose is only a couple of steps away from glucose, chemically speaking. It could be that the fructose in sugar throws off the bacterial balance in the yogurt. But then there are people who make fermented drinks on a regular basis who will incorporate fruit juice into their recipes for a second fermentation, and yet everything seems to turn out OK. I think it’s more likely that most store-bought yogurt is bad for you because first they cook the milk… Read more »
Gabrielle
Gabrielle
6 years 5 months ago

I recently binged and ate a combination of wheat/sugar…
and wound up in the ER.
vomiting to the point of dehydration and an inflamed stomach.

I learned my lesson.

cottchick
cottchick
6 years 5 months ago

I had no idea food tasted so sweet until I stopped having sugar (about a month ago). I am totally blown away by this one thing, let alone the incidental (and significant) weight loss, the feeling of energy and happiness and the sudden libido increase. All that other stuff is great on its own but finally being able to eat a carrot and think “hmm this is sweet!” is just crazy-good. A big thanks to Mark Sisson and his book and this site. This is a permanent and delightful change for me and my family.

Michelle
Michelle
6 years 5 months ago

My personal, anecdotal “evidence” says that it absolutely does suppress immunity. A candy binge always ends up in a cold for me and my kids (don’t worry we don’t do candy binges anymore LOL; Halloween *parties* only from now on, with toys instead of Almond Joys)

David
David
6 years 5 months ago

I teach 140 students a day and use to come down with the flu and a few colds per school year. Since I have gone strictly PB or Paleo for the last two years…only have had a 3 day cold last fall! It’s true…eat good foods cut the garbage carbs out of the diet, watch the starch intake and eat good meats, veggies, and some fruits. Then the immune system is built up and protects you from viruses. I have been exposed to Swine Flu, kids sneezing near or on me, etc. Talk about good medicine. Wow!

beast1910
beast1910
6 years 5 months ago

I’ve been primal for the last 6 months and I have gone the flu season with no flues or any illness for that mater and in my house my wife and 2 daughters got even the swine flu, another benefit is that before going primal I was in a suppressive therapy for herpes with Valciclovir because if I didn’t take a pill a day I would get an outbreak in 4 or 5 days and a bad one I havent have an outbreak in 6 months and I’m off the medicine!!!

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago

The better I eat, the fewer cold sores I get.

Kat
Kat
5 years 7 months ago

Can you eat nuts? What about coconut? I would really love to munch on macadamias again but I felt I had to stop when getting hsv…

Kristin
6 years 5 months ago

We’ve been doing a 31 day Paleo challenge and just now realized we haven’t been sick at all this month, despite a kid perpetually bringing home mad germs from daycare. Interesting.

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Nikki
6 years 5 months ago

I tend to think of fruit as a treat now and completely avoid all other forms of sugar, although, I do enjoy a square of green & black’s dark chocolate on occasion. I find that I don’t enjoy the taste of ‘sweet’ foods any more, it’s just too sweet for me and makes me feel sick. I find that carrots, tomatoes and sometimes sweet potatoes are much nicer and still taste very sweet.

Romi
Romi
6 years 5 months ago

its been a month since i removed all sugars from my diet, except dried fruit (which i guess its got to be removed cause they use sugar to process) and i take a teaspoon of pure honey with plain yogurt..is that wrong too? Cause when i remove them i snack into too much almonds then and i guess that will not helo me lose weight.

Bush Rat
Bush Rat
6 years 5 months ago

I had my first coffee in a week – a mocha with no added sugar. It was almost too sweet. And to think I used to add sugar.

Secondly my libido has increased crazily and I’ve only been on a PB diet for a week.

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Aaron Curl
6 years 5 months ago
Not being addicted to sugar is a great feat in itself. So many people don’t even realize they have sugar addictions. I was never a sweets lover and never went out of my way to eat sweets but it still lives in almost every processed food out there…thanks to HFCS. I’m still working on my family to cut out all HFCS….in reality it cuts out almost all processed foods….lol….I’m tricking people. My father is actively looking at the ingredients and asks me all the time, “did you know this had HFCS?” I answer, “yah I knew that…..just eat real food… Read more »
Jeanine Moffett
Jeanine Moffett
6 years 5 months ago

When i went low carb the one thing i noticed right away was no heartburn. I was on medication for heartburn but I no longer need it when i cut out sugar and other high carb items from my diet.

Dr. Frankie
Dr. Frankie
6 years 5 months ago
Funny you mention the heartburns; I had the same problem before going Primal. As for sugar, there is WAY too much of the stuff in our dietary environment right now. HFCS ought to be banned, period! It’s a nightmare when it comes to educate our own kids about proper eating…I mean, the stuff is in EVERYTHING! Personally, I stick to fruits and feel really good since then. That said, there is a mystery that I can’t find an answer to: If sugar is that bad for us, how come we have specific and dedicated taste buds for its detection right… Read more »
Rich
Rich
4 years 3 months ago

Frankie – because finding fruit in the wild was usually a pretty nutritious thing. Finding cheesecake everyday in the mall isnt, though. Another case of “jungle surplus hardware” not guiding us so well in modern civilisation

Sue
Sue
6 years 5 months ago
Steven Try the liquid stevia, and use only enough to counteract the bitterness of the coffee, not enough to sweeten. I used to need about 12 drops of the stevia, and in my attempt to kick the sweet habit, have gotten it down to 2 or 3 drops these days. When I want it sweet, I use 4 or 5. I have been using stevia for years, but finally wanted to break the sweet habit. I still cannot stomach coffee black, but 2 or 3 drops of liquid stevia works to make the coffee taste good, but not sweet. Just… Read more »
Paleo-Piper
Paleo-Piper
6 years 5 months ago

Sue, that’s just how much I use as well. 3 drops in my morning tea just to take the bitterness off. It really works and hopefully isn’t inciting an insulin response. It certainly doesn’t taste sweet.

Steven
6 years 5 months ago

Liquid Stevia? I’ll look for it this weekend and give it a shot. Thanks.

Damon
Damon
6 years 5 months ago

The article referenced below lists immuno-suppression as the very first problem with sugar. The reference for immune system suppression is the same one that Mark used:

http://www.nancyappleton.com/NA144reasons.html

Damon

kevin
kevin
6 years 5 months ago

I have not been sick in 6 years! I am a cancer survivor as well. So if anything my immune system should be completely F’ed from the chemotherapy. I think a lot has to do the the increase in real food in general as well as vegetables. I had been doing some sugar for the past few years honey mostly, some agave, maybe a cookie or something with evaporated cane juice. I am down to pretty much nothing now. Just occasional fruit. I love no being sick!

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Paleo-Piper
Paleo-Piper
6 years 5 months ago

In my vegan years, I was getting 15 colds a year. Even at my “best” I would still end up with 6 colds a year. Since going Primal, this has been the first year I haven’t got sick. It’s almost like a miracle.

Aimee B.
Aimee B.
6 years 5 months ago
I noticed that the nutrition facts label on raw honey says it has 0 grams of sugar. “Regular” strained honey says something around 16 grams per serving. I was wondering how this is possible – I assume it has to do with what they are counting as “sugar”? Is raw honey any better than “regular” honey in terms of sugar consumption? Also, I’ve read about raw honey as a natural remedy for seasonal allergies, because it contains bee pollen, so if taken over time, your body gradually adapts to the exposure and you no longer get a reaction from pollen… Read more »
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Jeanine Moffett
Jeanine Moffett
6 years 5 months ago

I think what they are doing is creative ingredient listing it is not sugar it is honey so they added no sugar what i do now is count the carbs. I also heard that it was proven wrong that it helps with allergies but who is to say it seems like it should work

Joe90
Joe90
6 years 5 months ago

So I’ve often heard people say that sugar has a ‘drug like’ effect on the body but lets be honest people, it IS a drug. Lets review it properties

-It has no nutrional value

-it causes hormonal and neurotransmitter responses

-it’s addictive (not all drugs do this)

-you get a comedown/crash (again, not all drugs do this)

wonder what peoples reactions would be if kids started snorting lines of it?

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