If you’re eating a Standard American Diet loaded with highly processed foods, the sweet flavor is pervasive.
We put sugar, and sugar substitutes, in every type of food imaginable: mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, bread, cereal, canned vegetables, processed meats, pasta sauce, baby food, and infant formula. If it’s in a package you can pretty much guarantee that it has some type of added sugar.
Many folks don’t know the different disguises that sugar uses like agave, barley malt, corn syrup, cane juice, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sorghum, sucrose, turbinado sugar and others.
The question is why? Why has our food supply been saturated with the sweet flavor?
First and foremost it’s addicting, so you’ll buy more of it. That works great in a consumer driven society as it keeps the economy going strong. We can’t seem to control ourselves and our insatiable appetites.
But, there’s also something deeper.
According to the Yellow Emperor’s Class of Internal Medicine, the five flavors all have different effects on the human body and mind.
- The pungent flavor has a dispersing effect
- The sour flavor has a stringent effect
- The sweet flavor has a retarding effect
- The bitter flavor has a strengthening effect
- The salty flavor has a softening effect
According to this ancient knowledge we need all of the flavors to support vibrant health and a properly functioning body and mind.
In our society, we have been overdosed with the sweet flavor and its retarding effect on us is quite evident. We are suffering with high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor immunity and cancer, which have all been linked to excessive sugar consumption.
Plus we are growing slower in thought and are easily led. Most folks are quite happy sitting idle in front of the television, letting other people do the thinking for them.
It seems, as a society, we have become “retarded” in body and mind. We are reliant on the “powers that be” to care for us because we can no longer care for ourselves. As anyone that has a “retarded” child understands, those kids need extra special care.
We are depending on the media, and political and medical systems to do the thinking for us. This certainly supports our current model of life. But, take a good look around. It’s not really working. At least, not for the health and happiness of the people.
It’s common knowledge that sugar causes a host of problems in the human body, so why on earth would we continue to over sweeten ourselves and head inevitably towards our own self-destruction?
There are many naturally sweet foods that can help quench our physical cravings, like fruit that is considered to be nature’s candy. It is sweet, abundant and naturally provided for us by the Earth. There are also many sweet vegetables that can satisfy sweet cravings as well, like carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, parsnips and beets.
But, those sweet foods are simply not sweet enough for us. Otherwise we would be eating more of them.
Beyond food we need to look deeper and ask, “Where is the sweetness?”
No matter what we’re eating, until we find our internal sweetness, we will always have external cravings.
What is internal sweetness? Internal sweetness is recognized as love, compassion and understanding.
We need a little more sweetness in our world. But, how do we get it?
It could be as easy as learning how to enjoy life a little bit more. Taking the time to relax. Get a massage to release some stress. Forgive people that have hurt you. Stop working just for the money, and instead do work that you love. Take a class and learn something new and exciting. Enjoy your friends and family without conditions. Love and honor people, regardless of any differences you may have.
And, most of all, love your self.
Not in a narcissistic way, but with a deep and profound gratitude for your entire being and your journey here.
I’m willing to bet that if we truly loved life and all aspects of our existence there could be much less desire for the excessive amounts of sweets we are eating.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a piece of chocolate cake or some honey and maple syrup! Part of enjoying life is indulging once in a while. Just remember that too much indulgence, especially in the sweet stuff, can “retard” your health and your entire existence.
So… where is the sweetness in your life?
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