It’s common knowledge that sugar is not good for us — it causes unwanted trips to the dentist and energy crashes. In the last newsletter, we discussed how fats can be beneficial for your overall health and, surprisingly, don’t always make us accumulate unnecessary pounds or heart problems. If anything, sugar is the real culprit in the food industry, causing more Americans annually to become diabetic and adopt other chronic health diseases.
Fat doesn’t make us fat, SUGAR makes us fat.
Why should we demonize sugar in our diets as much as possible?
- It’s extremely addictive, more than any drug in the world. We are addicted to sugar already and we don’t even know it. Eating sugar makes us crave MORE SUGAR! Food companies know this and add sugar to keep consumers buying their products.
- Added unnatural sugars in your diet cause inflammation which leads to chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer, headaches/migraines, stomach problems, and even depression.
- Too much sugar causes our body to become insulin resistant, thus developing diabetes.
- Consuming added sugars does not provide any vitamins or nutrients. Besides, we don’t need any extra sugar in our diet because we already consume naturally occurring sugar from fruits, vegetables, and starches!
- Sugar affects the collagen in your skin, causing you to age and LOOK OLDER FASTER!
Sugar is added to most packaged foods you find at the grocery store and is often disguised by other names such as:
High-fructose corn syrup, Honey, Malt syrup, Molasses, Oat syrup, Rice bran syrup, Rice syrup, Dextrose, Fructose, Galactose, Glucose, Lactose, Maltose, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, and more (a total of 56 other names for sugar but these are the most common
Always read the ingredients list to check for any of these hidden names. Often times there will be more than one of these names listed to make it seem like there is less added sugar than there really is. Also check the nutrition facts to see the total grams of sugar.
According to the American Heart Association, this is how much sugar you should be consuming daily (but preferably less)
Women: 24 grams
Men: 36 grams
Children: 12 grams
One can of soda is already more sugar than your daily intake should be!
Now that you know how bad sugar can be for you, definitely try your best to avoid it as much as you can! A simple place to start is to cut out drinks like soda, fruit juices, and sport drinks as they are loaded with added sugars. And yes, that means cutting out diet sodas too! Diet sodas use artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin or aspartame, which are equally as bad as regular sugar even though the nutrition label says “0 sugar.” Instead, opt for a sparking seltzer, like La Croix, or sparking water with lemon for a nice refreshing drink. Try this tip out for now, and next month we will be back with even more ways you can cut out sugar and also provide healthy recipes so you can still satisfy your sweet tooth craving while making healthier lifestyle decisions.