Data from 2009 showed that North Americans ingest 150-200 lbs of sugar per year!!!!!!! That is crazy high! There is sugar in so much food that we consume!
Sugar wreaks havoc on our health. Here’s why.
- It can damage your liver: excess sugar can cause fat to build up in your liver causing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Excess fat in your liver can actually cause many health issues including telling your body to store more fat – when there is excess fat, the pancreas secretes more insulin to try and help the liver and actually ends up storing more fat in your body. (insulin stores fat)
- Causes metabolic problems: weight gain, abdominal obesity, increased HDL (bad cholesterol), high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high triglyecerides
- Increases Uric Acid levels: high uric acid levels are indicators for kidney and heart disease.
- It is addictive: sugar can have the same effect as drug use; sugar increases the dopamine in our brain which makes it a superstimuli. It specifically activates the reward centers in our brain with dopamine which is associated with addiction. Like taking an illicit drug, heroin or cocain for example, it only takes a little bit – that sugar automatically activates a flood of dopamine to our brain creating a type of high. The more sugar consumed, the more desensitized our brains become to it needing more and more sugar is needed to create that high. SCARY!!
- Can cause Insulin Resistance: Insulin helps regulate blood sugar. It gather excess glucose and stores is as fat in our bodies. Insulin resistance happens when we have too much sugar in our body. Our cells stop responding normally insulin and glucose can’t enter our cells as easily so glucose build up in our blood and can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Causes disease: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, inflammation, memory problems, feeds cancer cells, etc.
Sugar is bad news for our health. The more we consume it, the more our body craves it.
Here are some practical ways to cut sugar from your diet:
- Don’t eat processed foods, shop on the outside border of the grocery store
- Don’t drink sodas, sweet teas, or add sweeteners into your beverages
- READ food labels: sugar can also be listed as: high fructose corn syrup, organic cane sugar, fruit juice concentrate, syrup, dextrose, lactose, malt, evaporated cane sugar, corn syrup solids, sucrose, glucose, and many more – doesn’t matter the name, they are all sugar!
- Check your condiments
- Buy unsweetened
- Eat whole foods – vegetables and proteins
- Don’t eat if for breakfast – eggs are a great filling protein packed breakfast
- Drink more Water
What are some steps you take to avoid eating too much sugar?