7 Reasons To Cut Sugar Out of Your Diet
Sugar is one of the most dangerous substances that you can consume. It’s addictive, it’s toxic, and it’s everywhere! Many people know that sugar is terrible for your health but don’t realize how much damage it causes. Today I will discuss the harmful effects of consuming too much sugar in your diet, why cutting them out will help lower your weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, and give some tips on what foods to avoid if you want to cut back on sugars.
It’s that time of year again when we start the sugar season all over with holiday meals, Halloween candy, alcohol, cakes, pies and cookies. The time of year when sugar becomes prevalent everywhere we go.
One of the first things you should know about sugar is how it will affect your blood sugar levels. When your body processes sugar, it releases insulin, transports blood sugar into cells and converts it to energy.
However, if there is excess sugar in the bloodstream that isn’t needed immediately for energy, this will cause high blood sugars, resulting in diabetes. Over time it will cause weight gain from increased fat storage around vital areas of the body such as organs and muscles, and on top of that makes losing weight very difficult!
Another adverse effect overeating sugar has on our bodies is tooth decay. When sugar remains on the surface of your teeth long after you eat, it can damage tooth enamel and increase cavity risk because sugar binds to bacteria in our mouths which forms acids that attack tooth enamel, causing acid erosion. The bacteria that live inside our mouths feed off carbohydrates like those found in sugary foods that we eat – especially sticky ones like fruit juices and soft drinks.
When sugar is consumed too often or in excessive amounts, it will cause many other problems within the body, including weight gain, obesity, heart disease, cavities and even cancer! And one more thing, when sugar converts into fat deposits around vital organs, they are tough to get rid of of the body!
If you want to cut sugar out of your diet, the first thing I recommend is reading food labels and checking for sugar within ingredients lists. Suppose sugar (or any other term that means sugar such as sucrose, glucose or fructose) appears towards the top of an ingredient list on a package of processed food. In that case, there’s more than likely a considerable amount in that item.
Next up are tips on what foods to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight by cutting sugar from your diet: soft drinks; fruit juice; agave syrup; corn syrup; high-fructose syrups like maple and molasses; white sugar and brown sugar – these can be found in many different types of packaged goods like cereals, bread, canned soups and processed foods.
And lastly, for sugar substitutes – these are not the best sugar alternatives if you’re trying to lose weight by cutting sugar from your diet! While sugar substitutes like aspartame and saccharin may be calorie-free, they can stimulate your appetite for sugar! And sugar alcohols like sorbitol, maltitol and xylitol are often found in gum and candy. While the body doesn’t completely absorb sugar alcohols (which means they don’t cause a sudden blood sugar spike), too much will still lead to digestive issues.
Instead, I recommend using stevia, which comes naturally in plant form; raw honey with enzymes, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants still intact.
Here are seven reasons why cutting sugar is such a brilliant idea.
Diets low in sugar are linked with:
1. Lower weight
2. Less body fat
3. Lower triglycerides
4. Less risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease and other serious illnesses
5. Healthier teeth
6. Fewer joint aches & pains
7. Improved moods, memory and concentration levels
As we head into the holiday season, it’s essential to recognize that sugar is everywhere. We all know that too much sugar isn’t good for us and can lead to many health problems but do you understand how dangerous this substance is? It doesn’t just cause diabetes or obesity- studies show people who consume a lot of sugar have lower IQs and are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who don’t. That is why it’s so important to cut out sugar.
Sugar increases inflammation in your body, which leads to chronic diseases such as heart diseases, arthritis, cancer and even depression! This year, why not take control of your healthy lifestyle by joining our free community, where we do weekly wellness challenges. This week’s challenge is reducing sugar.