The buzz about Sugar

We’ve all heard eating too much sugar is bad, but why?
Well, here are some negative effects of over-consumption of sugar. Sugar can harm the body in countless ways.

Below are serious implications of a high-sugar diet.

Rising obesity rates have been attributed to added sugar. Sugar increases your hunger and desire for more sugar. Excessive sugar consumption may also cause resistance to leptin, which is an important hormone that regulates your appetite. Excessive consumption of added sugars increases the chances of obesity, high blood pressure,and inflammation, which are risk factors for heart disease.

There are a number of lifestyle factors that account for diabetes. However, there is a clear link.

Excessive amounts of sugar may increase your risk of developing certain cancers. This is due to the increased inflammation caused by sugar. Sugar is also linked to obesity and insulin resistance which are risk factors for most cancers. These are just a few of the many reasons why a high-sugar diet is detrimental for your health.

Because sugar can be so dangerous to health, here are some tips to help you cut back…

Swap liquid sugar, such as sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks, for sparkling water, fruit – flavored water, or unsweetened herbal teas. This alone can drastically decrease your sugar intake.

Avoid sugar-laden desserts. Most desserts don’t provide much in the way of nutritional value,which is why swapping your after-dinner sweet treat with fresh fruit is a good idea. Try freezing unsweetened Greek yogurt and top with cinnamon or fruit to curb your ice cream craving, for example.

Make your own dressings with a healthy oil, like extra virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs. Vinegar, pesto, and hummus are healthier alternatives to traditional condiments as well.

Replace processed and packaged goods with whole foods by making homemade meals. Be wary of ‘healthy’ processed snacks and ‘low-fat’ options. These are typically loaded with sugar to account for the lower fat content.

Start small, make one new swap a week to adjust your palate to your new lower sugar diet.

To ensure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and

“To ensure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” -William Londen

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