Did you know that sugar is more addictive than cocaine and heroin?
Added sugars are carbohydrates that our bodies simply do not need. These sugars are much different than the natural sugars found in fresh fruit and unprocessed food. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that women limit their added sugar intake to under 24g or 6 teaspoons per day and men 36g or 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. On average we are consuming 88g or 22 teaspoons of added sugars EACH DAY... that is a crazy amount!
Why is added sugar a problem for your overall health?
-Increased Triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in our bloodstream and if the levels are too high, can lead to heart disease and other cardiovascular related issues.
-Weight Gain. There are many reasons and causes for obesity and weight gain and added sugars are topping the list. Sugar is calorie dense and consuming too much of it can add up the calories quick.
-Tooth Decay. All sugars promote tooth decay by allowing bacteria to multiply and grow, the added sugars increase the risk especially if you're not practicing good oral hygiene.
These toxins can create conditions such as: Inflammation, Chronic Fatigue, Arthritis, Allergies, Chemical sensitivity, Autoimmune disorders, Extreme intolerance to alcohol, Irritable bowel syndrome and other gut-related problems
What happens to our bodies when we cut the added sugar?
-Increase in heart health. Triglyceride levels (fat in the bloodstream) subside leading to less stored fat. Blood pressure heads in the right direction and a decrease in LDL Cholesterol levels.
-Goodbye Acne. When we consume sugar it boosts our skins inflammation and systematic inflammatory can actually trigger acne. Lowering our sugar intake will lower our inflammation resulting in subsidizing acne.
Other health improvements when we cut added sugars: Lower risk of diabetes, increase oral health, increased memory and mental sharpness, better sleep, weight loss, slow the aging process, increased immune system, AND increase sex drive.
Read your labels, below is a list of what to look for and AVOID. Comment healthy alternatives you've come up with!
Ingredients to look for on labels?
Agave nectar | Evaporated cane juice | Malt syrup
Brown sugar | Fructose | Maple syrup
Cane crystals | Fruit juice concentrates | Molasses
Cane sugar | Glucose | Raw sugar
Corn sweetener | High-fructose corn syrup | Sucrose
Corn syrup | Honey | Syrup
Crystalline fructose | Invert sugar
Dextrose | Maltose
"Added sugars, Don't get sabotaged by sweetners" Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/added-sugar/art-20045328
"Added sugar in the diet" Harvard University. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/added-sugar-in-the-diet/
"10 things that happen to your body when you stop eating sugar" Reader's Digest.http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/when-you-stop-eating-sugar/
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