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If you're anything like I was, then sugar is a significant factor in your everyday life. You may find that you have cravings for sweets, that you feel sluggish as the day drags on, and you may have even gained weight that is getting more and more difficult to lose.
During my senior year of college I realized that powering Red Bulls and eating buckets of ice cream only to feel disgusting later was NOT the way I wanted live anymore. Sure I was young and in college but I was tired of the cravings for sweets and the inevitable crash every afternoon. So I started to look into sugar and it's effects on the body and I was stunned...
Excessive sugar consumption is believed to contribute to...
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Tooth Decay
- Liver Damage
- and even an increased risk of cancer
The Effects of Sugar on the Body
Accoridng to Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, processed sugar acts like a drug to the body and there is no nutritional value to adding sugar to your diet. When you think of sugar, you probably think of white table sugar (sucrose). Table sugar is actually refined from raw sugar, which comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. During the refinement process, molasses, the dark part of raw sugar, and sugar alcohols are extracted to produce the white crystals that you think of as sugar or table sugar.
Several other types of sugar are primarily made from white or table sugar. Powdered sugar is made by milling table sugar into a powder. This powder is often used to make frosting or to dust cookies or other desserts. Course or sanding sugar is created during the process of refining sugar and is often sprinkled on top of desserts.
Raw sugars, natural brown sugars, and whole cane sugars contain some molasses. They may be unrefined, partially refined, or completely refined. Commercial brown sugar is often made from white sugar by adding molasses back into white or table sugar.
Today, most sugar (sucrose) found in processed foods has been replaced by high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is less expensive. Whether sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, or another type of sugar is used, an excess amount of sugar in the diet can negatively affect your body and health.
How Much Sugar are You Eating?
Most people eat an enormous amount of sugar each day, usually in processed foods such as cereal and soft drinks. Each teaspoon of sugar contains 4 grams of sugar. Most people eat more than 22 grams of sugar each day. Those who drink soda, sweetened tea or coffee, and powered drinks, tend to ingest even more sugar. It’s important to note that one soft drink can contain about 10 teaspoons of table sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, a concentrated form of sugar.
What’s worse, many foods that you believe to be healthy actually have hidden sugars in the ingredients. Yogurt, sports drinks, instant oatmeal packages, cereals, and other food items you think of as healthy, may be loaded with sugar. An example of this can be seen in some popular brands of yogurt, which have over 45 grams of sugar in each 8-ounce serving. This makes it difficult to figure out what is actually healthy as opposed to what only seems to be healthy.
The thought of eliminating sugar from your diet may seem like torture but is actually one of the healthiest things you can do. Enjoying good health sometimes takes sacrifice, but in this case, you really aren’t sacrificing anything. Once you give up sweet drinks like soft drinks, sweet tea, cookies and cakes on a daily basis, you can then enjoy them for the once in a blue moon treats they’re supposed to be. Remember that there was a time that people just didn’t have sweet things on a daily basis other than fruit.
Going sugar free for your body and mind will pay off in the long run. You’ll improve your health, lose weight and avoid cardiovascular disease caused by food that we were never meant to eat in the first place.