During December 2012, when I had visited Art of Living Ashram to do my 10 days Advanced Course (Part-2 Course), there was something startling that He mentioned.
“Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” or “naked” calories. It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane.”
“In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one’s entire system. So essential is balance to our bodies that we have many ways to provide against the sudden shock of a heavy intake of sugar. Minerals such as sodium (from salt), potassium and magnesium (from vegetables), and calcium (from the bones) are mobilized and used in chemical transmutation; neutral acids are produced which attempt to return the acid-alkaline balance factor of the blood to a more normal state.”
- Cut down the intake of sugar
- Switch to jaggery or raw sugar or brown sugar
- Buy the raw sugar from Art of Living when it is available
Apparently white sugar has sulphur added to it during processing in order to give it its characteristic white sheen. Sulphur leeches calcium from our bodies making us susceptible to osteoporosis (incurable) and a host of other bone diseases.
He exhorted everyone to immediately switch to jaggery. He cautioned that some manufacturers add sulphur even to jaggery in order to make it lighter in colour. Purchase your jaggery from reputed and reliable places. Remember that the darker the jaggery, the more nutritious it is.
Some AOL members have begun manufacturing different kinds of raw sugar (light brown, medium brown, dark brown) and even white, sulphur-less sugar. Their products will soon be made available in #Bengaluru Ashram. These sugars are comparable in price with table sugar but are a whole lot more nutritious. If you wish to switch to raw/brown sugar right away, alternative places to source them (in Bangalore) are FabIndia (raw sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane sugar, jaggery etc all organic) HyperCity (Waitrose brand has light brown,medium brown cane sugars, and dark brown muscovado sugar), Spar etc. However these are typically over-priced!!!