What Sugar Does To Your Health
The definition of Sugar is a sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, especially sugar cane and sugar beet, consisting of sucrose, and used as a sweetener in food and drink. You can find sugar in almost everything you buy from the store. It’s in bread, juice, salad dressings and tooth paste! The next time you go to the store, check your food labels.
Names for Sugar on Food Labels:
- Barley Malt / Beet Sugar / Brown Sugar / Buttered Syrup
- Cane Juice Crystals / Cane Sugar / Caramel / Carob Syrup / Corn Syrup Solids
- Date Sugar / Dehydrated Cane Juice / Dextran / Dextrose / Diastase
- Ethyl Maltol
- Fructose / Fruit Juice and Fruit Juice Concentrate
- Glucose / Glucose Solids / Golden Sugar
- High Fructose Corn Syrup / Honey
- Malt Syrup / Maltodextrin / Maltose / Mannitol / Molasses
- Raw Sugar -Refiner’s Syrup/Sorbitol
- Sorghum Syrup / Sucanat -Sucrose / Sugar -Turbinado Sugar/Xylitol
Did you know in processing sugar from the cane or beet plants, that all of the healthy stuff like fiber is removed and therefore no longer a nutrient? Another interesting fact is that over half of the sugar sold in America comes from sugar beets that are genetically modified! Consuming too much sugar increases your chances to have lower levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, higher levels of LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Too much sugar can spike insulin and drive fat into liver cells which causes inflammation.
What you want to do is make a plan to step down from sugar. Try looking at food labels and make alternative choices. Try eating fruit instead of sweets. Add fruit to seltzer water instead of soda.
Did you know that sugar and obesity are linked to increased cancer risks? Your diet plays a huge part when it comes to health problems and elevated blood sugar levels. Most people that overeat tend to go for sugary foods. Recent research has identified sugar as the top contributor to the worldwide cancer surge.
The average American diet includes about 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. To try and cut down on sugar, you can take these actions steps:
- Give yourself time. This won’t happen overnight. Try for the next 30 days.
- Start reading labels of everything you are eating and drinking. Look for the hidden names of sugar above. Start cutting down before you cut out entirely.
- Try to eat more real food, not processed food. Go for fresh vegetables and fruit. Usually, no fat or low-fat foods have hidden sugar. Beware! The higher fat versions are actually healthier. You may need less of it.
- Try distracting yourself from eating those sweets. I actually brush my teeth after a meal so I don’t go for that dessert. Start an exercise routine. Sometimes just eating a small piece of dark chocolate will be enough to satisfy a craving. Do what works for you!
Fill out the contact form NOW, if you need help cutting out the sugar. A Lehigh Valley Transformational Holistic Health Coach can help get on the road to better health and wellness. (610) 844-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org