Hold the Sugar!

Hold the Sugar!

Refined sugar has been depleted of all vitamins and minerals. What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted vitamins and minerals are present. Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant. Sugar drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one's entire system. Most women should consume no more than 100 calories of added sugars per day; most men, no more than 150 calories. That’s approximately 6 teaspoons of added sugars a day for women and 9 for men. According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian eats about 23 teaspoons (92 grams) of added sugar each day from a combination of packaged and prepared foods. 10 ways sugar has a negative impact on your health:

  • Sugar suppresses the immune system.

  • Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children

  • Sugar can promote tooth decay.

  • Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.

  • Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

  • Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.

  • Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.

  • Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.

  • Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.

  • Sugar can weaken eyesight.

Sugar is basically found in most commercial foods. Sugar is in ketchup, morning cereal, spaghetti sauce, soup, salad dressing, peanut butter, pancake syrup, bread, yogurt, you name it and it probably has sugar in it. They even put sugar in your salt. You must learn to read labels very carefully to eliminate sugar from your diet. Different words for added sugar: sucrose, dextrose, maltose, brown sugar, honey, malt, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, maple syrup, rice syrup, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, cane juice, molasses, turbinado, xylitol, Demerara, muscovado, maltodextrin, saccharin. I am not suggesting you should start using artificial sweeteners to replace sugar in your food, not even close! Those have health issues of their own, which I will tell you about another day! Start off 2016 by reducing your intake of refined sugars!

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