Sugar is hidden all over with most Americans consuming around 152 pounds of sugar yearly. A research by Harvard Health Publications claims that women who drink one or more soft drinks that are sweetened daily have a whopping 83% chance of getting Type 2 Diabetes. They also get overweight as a bonus.
Manufactures will not always tell you that they have poisoned their products with sugar, but using the biology you learnt in school, the following will amount to sugar, sucrose, maltose, lactose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, and corn syrup and so on. Using the same biology you learnt, you can tell that excess sugar in the body is stored inform of fats resulting into you gaining a pound or two.
Let us first admit that we all love and crave sweet things. Science even backs this by saying that we tend to crave foods rich in glucose (sugar) but this does not entail we ought to give in to sugar cravings. If you find yourself craving for something it’s possible that your body is lacking a particular nutrient and you should take a healthy substitute. Besides obesity, tooth decay and fast aging cells, Dr. Mercola of Mercola.com catalogs “76 ways sugar can ruin your health.”
How to avoid sugar in your diet
Stevia as a replacement for sugar- Ever heard of an herb called Stevia? Stevia has very low effects on blood sugar and better yet, its extract is alleged to be 300 times sweeter than redefined sugars. It’s great for weight loss and those on low carb diets. Stevia has been an area of controversy with it being illegal in some countries but the FDA allowed use Reb A made from Stevia which is now used by Coca-Cola and Pepsi
Read food labels – Before opening that soda can or tearing open a snack bag and chomping down the contents, take time and read the label for hidden sugars. As mentioned earlier, sugar comprises of different classes like sucrose, glucose or fructose. Taking a diet soda will not taste like the normal but you will knock off 39 grams of sugar per can.
Use sugar alternatives – Try mixing honey with tea as an alternative for redefined sugar, besides being sweet honey has other medicinal benefits. Remember to brush your teeth as honey can lead to tooth
Avoid redefined foods- Where possible avoid baked goods, processed juices, canned fruits and cereals. If possible, adopt an organic diet made of fresh produce. If you have to take sugar, make sure it’s natural e.g. pure pineapple or orange juice with no additives and if its ice cream, try the sugar free one.
Remember, your health is your responsibility!
Food Navigator-usa.com – Stevia sweetener gets US FDA go-ahead
Harvard Health Publications – Sugar and obesity
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