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Food or Poison?

The evils of refined white sugar and products that contain it

By David Brandt Berg, June 29, 1977
Jesus recommends honey and natural sweets!


I forbid my house to ever buy sugar or have it in the house, or for sure sooner or later, sure enough, it winds up in somebody's dessert or coffee and eventually in their stomach. So I just refused to let my family buy sugar at all, I won't have it in the house!

Doctors have come to the conclusion that too much sweet in the diet is the most common cause of illness amongst Europeans. Now when they talk about sweets they're not talking about natural sweets like figs, raisins, honey, blackstrap molasses and raw sugar. They're talking about refined sugar sweets, desserts, candies, soft drinks and so on.

They claim that most of the diseases Europeans have can be traced to sugar as the main culprit and fat as the next. Now I think that's what the Bible means where it says, "lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting". (Luke 21:34) They have traced a lot of heart failure and heart trouble straight back to too much fat and too much sugar. Most diabetics, for example, suffer heart trouble.

Our [Family International Members] are so self-righteous about not smoking, and I'm glad of it, because smoking is bad for you. If you're a real smoker and you get all that nicotine in you it's pure poison and it's bound to have a damaging effect on you. But even a heavy smoker can't possibly consume as much poison nicotine in one day as most people consume of pure poisonous sugar! Think of that!

I believe it (an inordinate craving for sweets) is an absolute demonic perversion! I think it is just as diabolical and demon-inspired as a craving for liquor or drugs or gambling or what have you! I believe it! It's an obsession with some people, it is something that they haven't got the will power to withstand if it's within reach.

(Maria: Most Americans have grown up with that perverted sweet tooth so in order to stop the habit, just like me, you just have to keep it out of reach. If you don't have it in the house I won't eat it. I don't go to the store and buy myself some sugar.) You almost were sucked right into the store tonight just standing in the street looking in the window at those baked goods! (Maria: I said, "Take me away!") I had to drag her away! (Maria: But I won't go buy it, if it's not in the house then I'm fine!)

It's just like a drunk or an alcoholic or a drug addict you've got to keep it out of reach if he hasn't got the will power to resist it. If it's where he can get at it then you'll have to take it away from him. (Maria: Because if I know there's a cake down in the kitchen I'll go down and get a piece!) Aha!

I enjoyed a moderate amount of sweet and sweets which were only moderately sweet. I didn't hardly care for straight candy at all. I liked some candy if it had a lot of nuts in it, but it was the nuts that I really liked.

I never really cared for sugar or candy when I was a kid, especially those gooey sticky gummy kinds of candy. That kind of stuff I could not stand!

And the easter egg candies, ugh! I couldn't stand them! You know how kids gobble up those little things at Easter time? I'd rather have the hard boiled egg than that.--Jelly beans, gumdrops, yech!

I mean you have got to develop a perverted sense of taste to enjoy that junk because naturally your body just doesn't want it, not in that quantity. (Maria: But once you do develop it...) Then it's like any other perversion.

I think it's absolutely demonic, it's one of the Devil's ways of trying to destroy your body. A craving for sweets I think is like a craving for drugs or a craving for drink or a craving for gambling or something.--It's something the Devil knows would absolutely destroy you!

(Maria: There are so many things you can substitute for sweets--raisins, figs, all kinds of sweet fruits that you can make your sweets out of. Davidito loves peanuts and raisins as a snack.) Yes, natural sweets like dried figs, raisins and things like that are very good for you.

Any form of natural sweet just like the Lord made it is naturally very good for you in moderation. But these horrible concoctions that the British eat and the Germans eat and the Spanish are eating now too, and the Portuguese too are terrible! I hope our kids aren't eating any of that junk!

Molasses recommended rather than sugar

Blackstrap molasses is the next to the last stage in making raw sugar. They squeeze the juice out of the cane or sugar beets and they boil it down until it's real thick and dark, practically black, syrupy, and that's pure sugar--that's just about as pure as it can get! That's just one stage before the crystallised raw sugar.

In blackstrap molasses they leave just enough of the moisture to make fluid. But when they make raw sugar they keep on cooking it until almost every bit of moisture is gone and then after it's cooked it crystallises and then they make the sugar.

(Maria: But why is blackstrap molasses supposed to be even better for you than raw sugar?) Raw sugar has been cooked even more and more and more and virtually all the moisture is gone, all cooked out completely. And as when you cook anything, no matter what you cook, the more you cook it the more vitamins and things you kill and some of the things that are supposed to be good for you are cooked out of it. So molasses is the stage just before this extra cooking by which it becomes raw sugar.

(Maria: So molasses is the first step where you can get any good kind of sugar out of it?) Yes, it's better for you than raw sugar because it's before it gets to be raw sugar. The raw sugar is when they've cooked it so much that they cooked all the moisture out of it and all that's left is the crystallised sugar itself.

So if you're going to have sweets at all, you need to use God's naturally created sweets and not man's refined bleached poisoned man-made sickening poison white sugar or things made with white sugar!

Some of our up-and-coming teenagers are going to have facial problems if they don't quit these sweets! (Maria: I think quite a few of our kids do have problems with their complexion--I know one girl had a terrible problem.) Probably eats too much sweets or too much fats--one or the other. Some people can't eat any greases or fats or they'll blossom out right away with pimples. Other people it's sugar that does it.

Honey recommended rather than sugar

But of course honey is one of the most common sweets. You can find honey everywhere in every country in the world. (Maria: I've heard that a lot of people give the excuse that it costs more, but the thing of it is, like one doctor said,

"It will cost a lot more in the long run to try to repair all the damage that's been done!"

Honey is so sweet and the flavour is so strong that you don't have to use as much honey as you would granulated sugar. There is so much more sweetening in one teaspoonful of honey than in a whole heaping teaspoon of sugar. If you'd use as much honey in your coffee as most people use sugar you wouldn't be able to drink it, it would be so sweet!

I just have to use a little tiny bit, I'd say about half a teaspoon really, about half as much as I would have to use of sugar. I'd have to use nearly a rounded heaping teaspoon of sugar in my coffee to get it as sweet as I like it. But I only need to use about half that much honey.

So if you buy a one pound jar of honey there's at least twice as much sweetening in it, so it's like buying two pounds of sugar. And it's all good for you, healthful, full of vitamins and minerals and things that are very good for your health. Whereas there's hardly anything good for you in white sugar or brown sugar.

Brown sugar not much different than white

Brown sugar is nothing in the world but white sugar before it's been bleached with poisonous bleaches. It's still refined sugar.

Brown sugar had been refined just like white sugar, only it hasn't been bleached. Well at least it's a little bit better than white sugar because it hasn't got that bleach poison in it.

Why refined sugar is bad

Sugar is destructive to your body in so many ways. It is not only bad for your teeth just being in your mouth in sweet food and drinks, decaying your teeth from the outside. It is even worse in the way it helps to decay your teeth from the inside by robbing your bloodstream of calcium.

White refined bleached sugar is almost pure carbon. Carbon has a chemical affinity or attraction for calcium and the minute that sweet stuff, this white sugar, gets in your blood it immediately attracts all the calcium that's near it and unites with the calcium making the calcium virtually unassimilatable.

It robs your blood of the calcium that your body would otherwise normally shoot up to your teeth to try to repair the damage that the sugar's already done to your teeth from the outside. The sugar goes inside and robs your blood of that calcium so it can't repair your teeth!

That's besides all the damage it does to all your other organs. Horrible damage! Damage to the pancreas, it's hard on the liver, it's hard on the kidneys, it's just absolutely really bad for you!

You will notice that if you eat or drink too much sweet you immediately afterward feel drowsy and sleepy because you have intoxicated yourself, which means you have eaten or drunk some kind of poison which literally poisoned or intoxicated your body. That kind of sweet is really bad.

So when you ingest any of this white bleached poisoned carbonic sugar or anything made with it, which is nearly all of your soft drinks, sweetened juices, desserts, candies and whatnot, you're just eating what is practically pure poison, pure and simple, which does your body absolutely no good whatsoever, only damage. It just absolutely causes almost nothing but damage.

Energy from candy a fallacy

That candy gives you quick energy is a fallacy cooked up by the candy companies and medicine men. It may temporarily satisfy hunger, but is a toxic and depressant that tires you.

It's just not worth the price. They claim that athletes get extra energy if they eat a chocolate bar just before running or something like that, but I daresay that is probably candy company propaganda!

Eating a great deal of sugar usually drains your body of energy. For example some people put too much sugar on their cereal and that sort of thing and then they're tired by midmorning, run out of energy. We use honey in our cereal and we eat homemade health food cereal at that! But too much sweet of any kind will make you a little drowsy because although it does convert into energy it also has some side effects which are intoxicating.

They say the next highest dietary cause of diseases is fats. The Scripture says, "Let not your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting," meaning having too much of anything. It's hard on your heart and it's hard on other parts of your body as well. Fats have been a proven cause of all kinds of diseases, particularly heart trouble and arterial sclerosis, hardening of the arteries, along with excess salt.

So you are what you eat, beloved, you are what you eat! And if you eat poison you're going to turn into poison yourself!--Poison yourself. And you are what you drink, and all this soda pop and coffee and tea and all kinds of sweets are not good for you.

I drink about one coffee a day. One cup in the morning of just about a level teaspoon of this instant coffee and that's all I drink all day. I like a little bit in the morning to sort of wake me up. I think a little bit is not going to do you that much damage, might even be a little bit good for you.

But the way some people drink coffee is going to kill them, like some of those Canarians who drink ten to fifteen cups a day of that strong stuff! It's no wonder so many of the people there die of heart trouble. Most of the people there either die of heart trouble, probably from the coffee, or stomach trouble from all the unclean seafood they eat.

Biblically clean and unclean food

Remember beloved, all seafood is unclean except, fish with scales and fins. Just take that as your beginning criteria. All other seafood is unclean according to the Bible and should not be eaten. It's full of poison and disease or is just plain not good for you. It's full of garbage and sewage and so on.

They're the garbagemen of the sea! Most of those crustaceans and mollusks, that's shellfish, and the scaleless sea creatures make their living consuming garbage and sewage, believe it or not. So no wonder people get cholera from mussels and so on!

So it is terrible the things that some of the mediterranean, island and asian people eat, all the different kinds of seafoods they eat which are unclean! It's no wonder so many of them have stomach trouble, and the way some of them drink coffee it's no wonder so many of them die of heart trouble!

It's also against God's Bible laws to eat all that unclean meat because they contain poisons and dangerous diseases that can sicken you, paralyze you, give you cholera, cancer and multitudes of other diseases that can kill you!

Here's the list straight from the Bible ( Lev.7 & 11 ): Clean: Those with cloven hoofs which chew cud, like beef, lamb, goat, etc., but not horse, camel, rabbit or pork, etc.

Even of clean meats you cannot eat unclean parts such as kidneys, fat, gall bladder, blood and guts. Brains, tongue, liver, heart, etc., are okay.

Clean seafoods are only fish with both fins and scales! All others are unclean, such as all shell fish, all crustaceans (crab, lobster, shrimp, crawfish, etc.).

The unclean fowls are all eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, swan, pelicans, storks, heron and the like, plus bats.

Also unclean are fourlegged creepers like lizards, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles like snakes, etc.

But insect jumpers with six legs are okay, such as locusts and grasshoppers. But turtles, mice, moles, weasels, snails, etc., are not! Plus bears, lions, tigers, panthers, etc., with paws--which includes your dogs and cats!--Ha!

These simple health rules are still good and were not ended like the Mosaic moral code by Jesus Law of Love! So if you love yourself and others you won't eat'em! Happy health!

P.S.--Of course there are times when you may have to eat'em (1Cor.10 ) for courtesy or when there is no alternative.--Pray!

Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family International

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