Is sugar really as bad as they say?

Is sugar really as bad as they say!

Over the past few years, the amount of food documentaries has tremendously erupted with a bang. From food news, to health politics to philosophy shifts in nutrition, there is so much knowledge and information waiting for you to taste.

Have you tried to go a week without sugar? A day? a month? What differences, if any, did you notice?

It’s difficult to cut sugar from your diet but  learning to do so has been a proven strategy to clear your head of confusion. According to research, ingestion of sugar changes your body chemistry. It increases the risk of developing health problems like high blood pressure and unnatural cholesterol levels. So why do we love those sugar treats? The love of sugar has been shown to be similar to a drug addiction. Its biochemistry has been compared to that of a toxin.  For that reason, cutting sugar could be one of the best things you can do for health.  It’s a war. Do what you know is right or the enemy will take over your health and your mind. I fight this war often. Some battles I lose.  A freshly baked cake is hard to resist.  A great cookie.  Home made ice cream.  A coke. The list goes on and on but in our dietary arsenal to protect our brain from future dementia, cognitive decline, confusion and possible Alzheimer’s Disease, we’ve got to add the shield of the low sugar diet.


It sounds a bit simplistic. Is there really scientific evidence for this? Can we really prevent brain fog? If we don’t get enough sleep, we will experience moments through out your day that make us feel lost or confused. We become somewhat forgetful. We just don’t work at our best, when we are deprived of rest.  Excess sugar does the same thing to our brain. Lots of sugar in your diet corresponds to incidents of brain fog.  High sugar intake leads to problems with memory and learning. A  UCLA study  shows the details. In an article entitled, “Metabolic syndrome in the brain: deficiency in omega‐3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signaling and cognition”.

How to convert between pH and concentrations.


Aim: How to convert between pH and concentrations.

Activity: Draw the pH scale.

Notes: Sörenson defined pH as the negative logarithm of the hydrogen ion concentration.

pH = – log [H+]

Remember that sometimes H3O+ is written, so

pH = – log [H3O+]

means the same thing.

So let’s try a simple problem: The [H+] in a solution is measured to be 0.010 M. What is the pH?

The solution is pretty straightforward. Plug the [H+] into the pH definition:

pH = – log 0.010

An alternate way to write this is:

pH = – log 10¯2

Since the log of 10¯2 is -2, we have:

pH = – (- 2)

Which, of course, is 2.

How to identify oxidizing and reducing agents


Aim: How to identify oxidizing and reducing agents


oxidizing agent: the substance that gets reduced

reducing agent: the substance that gets oxidized

An atom gets oxidized when the oxidation number increases.

An atom gets reduced when its oxidation number decreases