How harmful is sugar? Is it okay to eat sugar in moderation? Is it really that bad for us?
Sugar has zero protein, zero nutrients, zero healthy fats and zero enzymes. Sugar is not a food group.
I do understand that in today’s modern world, it can be nearly impossible to completely avoid sugar as it is in everything. Because it is in everything, does not reduce the terrible effects that it has on our body.
Sugar is killing us. All kinds of sugar related illnesses and diseases are on the rise. It is giving us diabetes, heart disease and dementia. Why do we continue eating more and more of it? We can’t stop even though we know it is terrible for us.
The numbers are insane. American and Canadian women are eating the equivalent to 22 sugar cubes every 24 hours. How is that possible? This equals about 70 pounds of sugar each year.
This creates a lot of issues inside our bodies. We are sweetening ourselves until we are sick and we just continue to do so. We can’t stop. Could it be that sweet foods are as addictive as hardcore drugs?
Our brain lights up like a light-bulb when we eat sugar. Recent studies tell us that sugar treats are as addictive as cocaine. Millions of us are strung out on sugar which is as dangerous as street drugs. How is that even possible?
Sugar has many names. We are consuming more sugar than ever before and sugar in all of its forms has negative effects. Sugar is sugar is sugar. It has other names like dextrose, fructose, glucose, disaccharide sucrose and high fructose corn syrup.
Sugar is not a food. It is a processed extract that comes from plants. When we discuss “regular sugar” we are talking about a combination of glucose and fructose. These are two simple sugars.
Any form of sugar will stress the liver, increase our bad cholesterol and triglycerides, contribute to leptin resistance and create an addictive sugar response in the brain.
We all know that when we choose to consume soda or candy or cake, we are choosing to consume sugar but there are lots of pre-packaged, pre-prepared food which are loaded with sugar and you may not even know it.
Sugar can be hidden under the names honey, agave syrup, molasses, glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup to name a few.
Would you think that your common food items such as bread, soup, sushi, salad dressing or crackers are full of sugar? These items don’t even taste sweet but they are loaded with different types of sugars.
So what can we do to get off the sugar merry-go-round?
Push sugar aside. Stop eating it. Check all your labels. Throw out everything that contains sugar. Start by preparing your food and snacks at home. Stop purchasing packaged foods. Limit the amount of food that you eat outside of the home.
If you want to protect yourself and also your family, educate yourself about how dangerous sugar is to health. Knowledge is sweet!
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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