Sugar- Use sparingly if you have to use it.
- Quickly absorbed into blood stream where it can cause an insulin spike.
- Weight gain
- Increases appetite
- Causes inflammation in body.
- Raises risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer.
- Increases PMS symptoms,
Sugar in the news
Here’s a roundup of the headlines starring sugar in the past few years.
The age accelerator: Rats that eat high levels of sugar seem to age faster than other rats. The same could be true for people who eat too much sweet junk food.
A 12-ounce Pepsi or Coke Classic has 10 teaspoons of sugar. A Hershey’s milk chocolate bar contains 5.5 teaspoons.
To figure out whether a product contains added sugar, check the ingredient list for these words: white, brown, raw or cane sugar; corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup; honey, molasses or sorghum syrup; or fruit juice concentrate.
Back in the day: In the 1970s, children consumed twice as much milk as soft drinks. By 2001 they consumed twice as many soft drinks as milk. One study from the University of North Carolina said teenagers had nearly tripled their intake of sweetened juices and soft drinks.
Morrison Bethea, a heart surgeon and co-author of “Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat,” said the secret to losing weight is cutting out not just sugar but also foods like potatoes and carrots that act in similar ways.
In agreement: During the Great Nutrition Debate, a government-sponsored face-off last year, America’s leading diet gurus did agree on a few things: Americans are too fat. Exercise is good. Added sugars and refined carbohydrates, like white bread, are not.
Does sugar exacerbate cancer?
Unfortunately many manufacturers are now replacing the sugar with high fructose corn sweeteners which are even worse for us. Check your labels.
Choose a square of dark chocolate if you want something sweet.
- Calcium deficiency
- Poor heart health
- Muscle cramps
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Respiratory issues
- Potassium deficiency
- Difficulty swallowing
- Poor memory