Have you heard that sugar is bad for you? There is a lot of science now to back up what happens when you have too much sugar. Let’s start off by talking about how the body deals with sugar.
When I am referring to sugar, I am not just talking about the white powder so let’s define exactly what I am referring to. Everything that you eat breaks down into glucose (sugar) with the exception of meat or fat. This includes foods like baked goods, crackers, fruit and fruit juice, cereals, vegetables, bread and so on. It’s quite surprising how much sugar is in some foods that you wouldn’t think is high sugar like BBQ sauce and ketchup. Soda pop is a killer for sugar. It is 95% sugar! In fact, one can of pop has about 16 teaspoons of sugar in it! Candy is pure sugar as is some dried fruit. And don’t be fooled by fruit. Yes it is healthy for you and has lots of great immune boosting properties but it is still sugar so this is a case where it is appropriate to say the phrase that ‘too much of a good thing is bad’. Juice is worse. How much juice do you get when you squeeze one orange? Not much. So a full glass of orange juice is not only pure sugar but because you aren’t eating the whole fruit, you are losing the fiber which makes it much higher on the glycemic index. It gets absorbed immediately in the blood stream and spikes your insulin very quickly.
Glucose is the number one source of energy for our bodies however overconsumption of glucose can wreak havoc. Your insulin spikes to regulate your blood sugar. Once you eat glucose, your body releases insulin, a hormone from your pancreas. The insulin’s job is to absorb the excess glucose in the blood and stabilize sugar levels. Today on average people are eating around 32 teaspoons of sugar every day. A little sugar in your coffee, cereal for breakfast with a glass of juice, a sandwich for lunch and potatoes for dinner and you have over consumed sugar for the day. This doesn’t include the dessert you ate or the mid-day or evening snacks. It’s really not that hard to do. For one day, count how many grams of sugar you eat. You will be surprised how much you eat because most of us don’t think of the bread or potatoes as sugar.
What’s even more disturbing is that people are consuming excessive sugar in the form of fructose or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This highly processed form of sugar is cheaper yet 20 percent sweeter than regular table sugar, which is why many food and beverage manufacturers decided to use it for their products, as it would allow them to save money in the long run. The bad news is that the human body is not made to consume excessive amounts of sugar, especially in the form of fructose. In fact, your body metabolizes fructose differently than sugar. It is actually a “hepatotoxin” and is metabolized directly into fat!
Some other devastating effects of too much sugar, particularly fructose in your diet include: liver damage (more so than alcohol), fools your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system, causes metabolic dysfunction, increases uric acid levels, causes diabetes and heart issues.
Sugar is addicting too. The more sugar you eat the more you crave. It takes only 48-72 hours to eliminate your cravings for sugar once you cut it out and you will gain a huge amount of energy. I strongly recommend that you follow my low carb regime and not only will you lose weight, you will protect yourself from all of the damage that excess sugar will cause and you will feel so much better.