Sugar has found its way into the foods we eat every day, but it is not always obvious. Products with added sugars are being advertised as “healthy.” Ingredient labels feature numerous names for sugar that most people would not recognize. Overall, sifting through the do’s and don’t’s of sugar in the food industry has become a very confusing and difficult task.
As sugar consumption increases, so does disease risk. Due to the vast consequences sugar has on our bodies, this sweets-driven behavior is now a public health issue.
Were you aware that the average American consumes about 126.4 grams of sugar a day! That breaks down to roughly 22 teaspoons a day for each person in America. America is followed by Germany (102.9 grams), the Netherlands (102.5 grams), Ireland (96.7 grams), United Kingdom (93.2 grams), Switzerland (76.1 grams), France (68.5 grams). So where we live might make a difference in how much sugar we're eating, but it's still a topic that we need to address.
High sugar intake has been directly related to:
The sad truth is that sugar addiction is not an emotional disorder -- sugar cravings are a biological disorder, fueled by the body’s hormones and neurotransmitters. This often leads to uncontrolled eating, which in turn gives cause to the reason why many are considered overweight.
My goal is to prevent you from becoming a scary statistic.
Aside from the toll sugar takes on your health, here are some other ways sugar affects you negatively:
Sugar affects motivation by reducing dopamine, the motivation neuro-chemicals in your brain.
Sugar causes brain fog by spiking the hormone insulin, which gives you the rush after you eat sugar. The spike, then, leads to a crash as your insulin plummets.
Consuming sugar only provides temporary satisfaction, which can lead to overeating as we try to satiate by eating more.
High sugar consumption causes tooth decay.
Now that you have read some of the scary truths about sugar consumption, the best way to see for yourself the effect sugar is having on your body and mind is to try cutting it out for at least 10 days.
-All sugar is bad
-Sugar-free means healthier
-You need to intake sugar for energy
-Sugar is easy to spot
-Sugar is only in sweet foods
-All sugars are created equally
These, among others, are false.
The reality is sugar isn’t good for your body, there are safer alternatives, and it may take a little investigative work to truly recognize the amount of sugar in your diet.
Before you start a detox, it is a good idea to have a plan in place, because the cravings will be shockingly strong for the first few days. Here are some steps to follow to help get you ready:
Prepare yourself by making the decision to clear your body of sugar. This is important because you won’t have success if you don’t set your mind to it.
Focus on eating healthy carbs, proteins, and fats. Eating healthily will help you feel better as your body starts its detox.
It is hard to stop any addictive behaviour cold turkey, so to soften the withdraw it is best to approach for your detox by gearing up with small changes to your routine, such as cutting cream and sugar from your morning coffee or cutting down on any beverages with sugar throughout the day.
Get rid of all the candies and sweets you have in your pantry. And be sure to read those ingredient lists!
I am motivated to share the TRUTH as far too many people are being put at risk of serious health complications in result of their diet.
There is strong evidence and continual research in the case against sugar and I cannot just sit and watch health complications plague entire populations because of it.
There is no reason you (or your family) should suffer and it is definitely NOT okay to settle for mediocre health.