SUGAR: Is it a sweet old friend that is secretly plotting your demise?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The above link is where I got this information.
Death by sugar may not be an overstatement—evidence is mounting that sugar is THE MAJOR FACTOR causing obesity and chronic disease.
· In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
· In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
· In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
· In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound
sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
Is sugar a sweet old friend that is secretly plotting your demise?
There is a vast sea of research suggesting that it is. Science has now shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food, in all its myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll on your health.
The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar—specifically high fructose corn syrup. Just take a look at the sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years.
Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking formula.
No wonder there is an obesity epidemic in this country.
Today, 32 percent of Americans are obese and an additional one-third are overweight. Compare that to 1890, when a survey of white males in their fifties revealed an obesity rate of just 3.4 percent. In 1975, the obesity rate in America had reached 15 percent, and since then it has doubled.
It is easy to become confused by the various sugars and sweeteners. So here is a basic overview:
· Dextrose, fructose and glucose are all monosaccharides, known as simple sugars. The primary difference between them is how your body metabolizes them. Glucose and dextrose are essentially the same sugar. However, food manufacturers usually use the term “dextrose” in their ingredient list.
· The simple sugars can combine to form more complex sugars, like the disaccharide sucrose (table sugar), which is half glucose and half fructose.
· High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose.
· Ethanol (drinking alcohol) is not a sugar, although beer and wine contain residual sugars and starches, in addition to alcohol.
· Sugar alcohols like xylitol, glycerol, sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, and erythritol are neither sugars nor alcohols but are becoming increasingly popular as sweeteners. They are incompletely absorbed from your small intestine, for the most part, so they provide fewer calories than sugar but often cause problems with bloating, diarrhea and flatulence.
· Sucralose (Splenda) is NOT a sugar, despite its sugar-like name and deceptive marketing slogan, “made from sugar.” It’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, with detrimental health effects to match.
· Agave syrup, falsely advertised as “natural,” is typically HIGHLY processed and is usually 80 percent fructose. The end product does not even remotely resemble the original agave plant.
· Honey is about 53 percent fructose, but is completely natural in its raw form and has many health benefits when used in moderation, including as many antioxidants as spinach.
· Stevia is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, which is completely safe (in its natural form). Lo han (or luohanguo) is another natural sweetener but is derived from a fruit.
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I recently gave up sugar and white flour as many of you already know.
THE benefits I can tell you have been remarkable in 2 mos.
Weightloss and inches lost and smaller clothes are great benefits for sure and really the reason why I did give them up initially! The befefits I have experienced are amazing and the way I feel physically now are the REASON why I will always eat this way.
BENEFITS I HAVE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED:
1. Puffiness on my face went away (not just because I lost weight either... I had a doughy puffy look on my face before) That all changed within 2 wks!
2. I sleep straight through the night... I go to sleep quickly too when I lay down at night.
I always considered myself a light sleeper since I have had children. I wake up ALLOT throughout the night. You know the wake up and look at the clock kind of thing. LOL
Now I lay down and go right to sleep. I am not exhausted when I lay down or even sleepy really for that matter but I sleep SO well now... no more looking at the clock.
3. I feel very rested and have energy throughout the day.
4. I have clear minded thinking... no more FOG! This is one I could never put a finger on for years but lots of days I felt in a "haze" . I was not sure why I felt mentally off but I just felt strange and hazy. I was used to feeling this way..and thought... well it is just how it is!
NOW I know... it was all the processed foods and sugars.
5. I have lost pockets of fat in certain areas that I thought probably would never change. You know like on the hips or backs of legs... where you might have bulges or fattier areas. That is all disappearing. COOL!
6. My hair and nails seem so much healthier and stronger... I always had weak nails that would bend easy... but now they are much stronger. My hair looks and feels healthy.
7. I have no intestinal issues anymore. I used to have bloated stomach allot (I think was related to the breads I ate) I had heartburn when I went to bed allot... (NOT ANYMORE)
I had many trips to the bathroom (sorry if too much info.. but it is the truth LOL) and now all is normal and easy to deal with... without feeling like I better stay close to the bathroom.
8. Last the best one I can think of is my the simplicity of eating this way.... no thought as to what I am eating, no cravings of wanting other foods that are not good for you, all I eat is nutritional and fuels my body. Easy to grocery shop and prepare my food.... just simple... and these days I LOVE SIMPLE!
Hope you guys are are doing well and not only will you battle on with your weight loss and health but that you will consider WHAT you are eating and strive for nutritition when you choose your food!
Love you guys!