If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade, then you’ve probably heard by now that sugar is pretty bad for you.
The obesity epidemic that has crept up all over the globe, as well as increased rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, have lead to extensive research surrounding sugar and the effect that it has on the human body.
Whereas fat was once considered the culprit for inflammatory responses in the human body, it is now widely recognized that sugar is actually to blame. While the damage that sugar does to the body can be prevented (and reversed in some cases), more and more people continue to consume highly processed foods in which fat content has been replaced by sugar.
If you’re looking to become healthier or have been trying to diet your way to successful weight loss to no avail, cutting sugar out of your diet entirely will have immediate positive effects on your overall well-being. One study, headed by Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California, San Francisco, saw drastic health improvements in children just 10 days after they stopped consuming sugar.
About the Study
During the study, Lustig and a team of researchers successfully lowered triglyceride levels by 33 points on average, ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by five points, as well as lowered blood pressure. After 10 days, each child who was involved in the study had successfully reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes.
Things to Consider
One way that big-wig corporate food companies trick us into believing a food product is healthy is by labeling it as ‘fat-free’ or ‘low-calorie.’ The unfortunate truth is that not all calories are the same. 100 calories of sugar is not processed the same way as 100 calories of vegetables. While food products might be low in calories, they are often high in sugar. Sugar has zero fat in it as a substance, but when sugar is processed by the body, most of it gets stored as fat.
So, instead of counting calories, we should really be focused on the types of foods we’re eating. For example, the Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends a diet that has no more than 10 percent of calories coming from added sugars (based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet), which ends up being about 12 grams per day. Your average soda has about 40 grams of sugar, just to put this into perspective.
Sugars that occur naturally in our foods are more than fine. But almost every processed food available today is chock-full of added sugars. We can see this when we look at the ingredient list and see names like glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, beet sugar, glucose solids, cane sugar, dextrin, and maltodextrin, just to name a few.
To avoid these sugary substances, all you need to do is quit purchasing processed foods, and use your awareness to think about what’s actually going into your body.
Source : http://expandedconsciousness.com/