We’ve heard it’s bad for us, that it can have addictive qualities and lead to weight gain, but do we really know the worst affects of sugar?
Saying I have a sweet tooth is putting it mildly. I could pass on chips and salty things all day long, but when it comes to dessert-I have to at least TRY it.
Whether you have a sweet tooth, are health conscious or a junk food fanatic you’re consuming sugar. Sugar is in E V E R Y T H I N G . It surprised me when I started paying attention to labels and the amount of sugar in things such as bread, crackers and even condiments. I think we naturally assume if it’s not sweet, we are safe, but that’s just not the case.
Lets take a look at the real reasons we should be avoiding added sugar in our diets.
5 Serious Reasons To Avoid Sugar
- Stresses the liver-large amounts of fructose from added sugar turn into fat in the liver
- Zero nutrients-there is nothing beneficial to the body from sugar, it is literally empty calories that our bodies search to use as energy or store as fat
- Highly Addictive-releases dopamine (much like addictive drugs) in the reward center of the brain, making us crave more
- Makes you hungrier-because we are not as satiated by sugar as we tend to be with nutrient-dense foods, it takes more calorie or sugar-laden foods to make us feel satisfied
- Feeds cancer-sugar causes inflammation and is a potential cause of cancer; it also elevates insulin levels, which help regulate the multiplication of cells (cancer)
It’s not realistic to believe we are not going to consume any sugar. So how do we have our cake and eat it too? I’ve included simple steps to keep in mind when you want to indulge in a little sweetness now and then.
Simply Fit Ways to Consume Sugar
- Consume post workout or rigorous activity-this is when your body operating at a high burn rate and is able to use up excess nutrients. You are less likely to store AS MUCH fat as you would say consuming sugar after a long nap.
- Keep it au natural-the purest form the better. If it’s available, opt for maple syrup, dates, or coconut sugar when consuming something sweet. If you need to have cane sugar look for organic, raw versions.
- Know your limits-for me it’s hard to stop sometimes (especially if I’m consuming alcohol while snacking!). I know a few pieces of chocolate will satisfy me and not derail my healthy eating so I portion out what I need and will satisfy my craving, and I don’t go back.
- Choose one-if you must have a chocolate brownie, then choose the most decadent, perfectly sized one you can find and sit down and enjoy every bite. If you try to satisfy a craving with something else, you’ll drive yourself crazy and probably consume more in the long run eating whatever you can find to supplement and not feel truly satisfied.
So there you have it. Hopefully a little more knowledge on why to avoid added sugars and some ways to maintain balance in your diet. I don’t believe in deprivation, but I do feel it’s best to be armed with the knowledge of what’s happening in health and wellness so we are armed with the tools to make the best decisions for our livelihood.
I’m excited about this upcoming long weekend and the opportunity to spend some more time researching some topics and feeding my creative cravings 🙂
Is there anything you’d like to see on My Simply Fit in 2017? I would love to hear!