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Five Reasons a Little Sugar is Still Bad for You

You’ve heard people say,” Everything in moderation” or “There’s nothing wrong with a little sugar.”  It’s a prevalent attitude that leads some to consuming more sugar in a day than is wise.  It starts with a little sugar here, a little there, and then a little more until you add it up and a little sugar becomes too much.

You may think there is nothing wrong with a little sugar, but cumulatively it is bad news.  It offers no positive health benefits.  Consuming too much of it leads to a host of health issues.

Here are a few reasons too much sugar is bad for you:

  • It adds no nutritional value to your food. It’s high in “empty” calories and has no proteins, essential fats, minerals or vitamins. It’s just pure energy.
  • It is made of glucose and fructose. Every living cell on the planet has glucose.  Our bodies will produce the glucose we need if we don’t get it through our diets.  There is no physiological need for fructose in our diets. The liver can only metabolize it, and when we consume more than we burn, the liver converts it to fat.  Too much fructose overloads the liver, creating a fatty liver that leads to a host of health issues.
  • Consuming too much can lead to insulin resistance; type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
  • It is highly addictive due to its massive dopamine release. People addicted to junk foods or sweets crave that release and ought to quit it cold turkey.
  • It is leading cause of high cholesterol and heart disease, not fats.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons or 45 grams of sugar for men and no more than 6 teaspoons or 30 grams for women per day.  This may not seem like a lot, but consider the amount of hidden sugar in our food.

There are 56 different names for sugar and it’s hidden in all of our foods.  It is in everything from fruit yogurt, to almond milk, to peanut butter, even that bag of gluten free whole oats.  Companies use various types of sweeteners to flavor processed foods.  Our dependence on processed foods has led to the rampant rise in sugar addiction and along with it, a rise in obesity, type diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.

If you would like more information about clean eating, food prep, or shoring up nutritional short falls, message me and I’d be happy to help get you back on a healthy track.

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