Sugar And Sore Throats

Whenever I eat sugar I get a sore throat. Why?

Sugar is a super acidic food that causes havoc with the body’s acid base balance. Any form of sugar can tip the scales in sensitive individuals, but the worst kind comes in the form of refined white sugar and hidden sugars in cakes, biscuits, puddings and sweets.

The body tends to self-regulate its acid/alkaline levels with the help of alkalinising foods. However, our diet generally consists of foods that leave an acid residue. Pathogens (infectious agents) love an acid environment and thrive on such imbalances in the body.


Too much sugar

Because acidity causes inflammation, individuals with a tendency toward over-acidity are prone to all kinds of related conditions, such as skin irritations, joint aches and pains and so on. And yes, you may well have an underlying infection. Bear in mind that sugar also compromises immune function, which may be another reason for your reaction.

Knowing what foods prevent inflammation could save you a lot of hassle later on. Follow this link to learn the hacks to leading an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. 

According to Jim Howenstine, M.D.,  “humans are not able to turn sugar into vitamin C as other animals can.”  Glucose and ascorbic acid compete with one another. “So a diet high in sugar means lower levels of vitamin C. Overall, the immune system is weakened by this scenario.”

Also people with diabetes can have highly variable insulin levels from a simple cold, and eating lots of sugar could worsen the situation.

Start correcting the acid/base balance in your body with calcium-rich and alkalinising foods such as sprouts, sesame seeds, tahini and green leafy vegetables. Begin your day with a tall glass of water and a slice of fresh lemon.


A good probiotic may also help restore bacterial harmony in your digestive tract and olive leaf or clove may also be useful.

Once your symptoms have cleared, continue with a diet rich in whole foods, calcium-rich nuts and seeds and lots of greens.

According to Dr. Michael Klaper,  “Once the sore throat is in full force, you can help your body overcome the problem by correcting the imbalances that fostered the sore throat, as well as improving the local conditions in the throat tissues.

Dr. Michael Klaper

Start by enhancing your immune status through:

• getting enough sleep,

• drinking enough (pure, room temperature) water, and

eliminating immune-damaging influences (e.g., smoking cigarettes, eating refined sugar, etc.).”