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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Sugar Or Artificial Sweeteners

The average American eats about 145 pounds of sugar per year. That is about 2-3 pounds a week, which is almost a half a pound a day. No one would purposely eat a half a pound of sugar a day, but it really does add up. There is a lot of sugar hidden in our foods that we don’t realize. That’s why it’s so important to read the labels. Sugar can have many names, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and many more.

Some experts classify sugar as a drug. Studies show that sugar is as habit forming as any narcotic. Sugar gives you a high, then you crash, just as you would when taking a drug. If you cut out all sugar today, your body would probably go through withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, depression, low energy, cravings and more.

In one 12 ounce can of soda, there are about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Think about that next time your little one says, “I’m thirsty”. Also, if you drink one can of soda, you need 32 ounces of pure water just to neutralize the acid that is formed in your body. Drink a cup of coffee, and you’ll need half as much water. Can you see why, if you drink a lot of these drinks, your body is not full of energy and vitality.

Our bodies were not made to handle processed sugar. In trying to eliminate it, vitamins and minerals are leached from the body. As you continue to eat more sugar, an acid state is created. When your body is in an acid state, you gain weight. Keep gaining weight, and body functions begin to get sluggish, thus creating ill health. The demands sugar makes on our bodies in trying to get rid of it are too great and insulin levels rise, the immune system weakens, calcium is leached from our bones and teeth, signs of aging such as wrinkles and gray hair speed up, depression and memory loss occur, and much, much more. Would you agree that sugar is poison?

So what do most people do? They switch to diet drinks and sugar free foods. That is a disastrous choice for your health. Artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar. They are not a food; they are chemicals. The diet food industry has played a sneaky little trick on us. They put artificial sweeteners in diet food items and drinks so that you think you will lose weight. Well, the artificial sweeteners are just as addictive as the real thing, they make you crave more, so you eat more. When you are addicted to a food, it makes it tough to lose weight. Stay away from diet foods and artificial sweeteners. It’s better to eat real sugar than chemical sugar.

Sugar Free Diet

Sugar is available everywhere you look. In fact, only when it is cut from the diet, does one become aware of just how many forms of sugars there are in our convenience shops, petrol stations and supermarkets. Confectionary, snacks and even some low fat yogurts are packed with it. It is used to flavour and preserve the shelf life of many processed foods.

Some interesting facts about sugar help to illustrate just how much hidden sugar enters our diet. In just one can of cola, there are 7 teaspoonfuls of sugar. A glass of dry wine can have about 5 grams of sugar. One more hidden sugar trap is tropical fruit such as pineapples and mangos which can raise your blood sugar dramatically leaving you craving more. Sugar comes in many forms. Canned fruits can be absolutely packed with sugar as syrup is often used to help preserve it.

According to some health experts, sugar not only makes you gain fat but can cause depression and lack of concentration too and that the average person is 3.5 stone heavier now than they were back in the sixties due to increases in sugar intake. It destroys collagen in the skin meaning you age quicker. It is highly addictive meaning you will crave more, the more you eat. Sugar is easily turned into fat in the body because of the speed at which it enters the blood stream giving us little chance to burn it off. A direct link exists between sugar consumption, weight gain and obesity. That is why some governments have considered putting a tax on foods with high sugar content due to its long term cost to the health service in the form of diabetes and obesity treatments along with fat related illnesses.

Information of Carbohydrates Pure Sugar

Carbohydrates are long chains of simple sugars, nothing else. When your body digests carbohydrates, the long chains of sugar molecules are broken and converted into the simple sugar, glucose.

The only reason bread, pasta, cereal and potatoes don’t taste just as sweet as the sugar in your sugar bowl is that the long chains of sugar don’t fit into your taste buds to give you the sweet taste. But, the glucose your body makes from the carbohydrates in mixed whole grain cereal, whole wheat bread, mashed potatoes or corn is exactly the same as the glucose your body makes from the sugar in ice cream, cake or table sugar.

Because your body makes sugar from carbohydrates, eating too many carbohydrates will harm your body in exactly the same way as eating too many sweets.

Because It’s so important to understand that carbohydrates are sugar, in my book called “They’re Making You Fat and Sick,”, the word sugar is attached every time the word carbohydrates(sugar) is used.

Small amounts of sugar in the diet never hurt a healthy person. And small amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) don’t threaten your health either. But eating a lot of sugar, or forcing the body to make a lot of sugar by eating a high carbohydrate(sugar) diet is at the top of the list of reasons why obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and other diseases are running rampant through our society.

Reading Food Labels

If you want to be healthy in our modern world of unnaturally high carbohydrate(sugar) foods, you must know how much sugar you’re eating. To do that, you must read food labels. It also helps to have a book that gives the approximate amount of nutrients in foods that don’t have labels.

To determine the total amount of sugar in a food, begin with the amount of “total carbohydrate” printed on the label. Then subtract the amount of fiber listed on the label. Because many foods contain no fiber, the amount of sugar in one serving of the product is simply the amount of “total carbohydrate” listed on the label.

You can ignore the amount of “sugar” that’s printed on the label because that sugar is already included in the amount of “total carbohydrate” on the label. You need to know the total amount of sugar that’s in the food you eat. That’s why you look at how many “total carbohydrates” are in the food, not just how much simple “sugar” is printed on the label.

The reason you subtract the amount of fiber from the amount of carbohydrates(sugar) to get the amount of sugar in a food is that fiber is an indigestible form of carbohydrate that the body cannot turn into simple sugar.

When you begin to read food labels, you may be shocked at how much sugar you’re eating. Spaghetti and other pastas are about 90 percent sugar, unsweetened breakfast cereals are about 60 percent sugar, and breads and potatoes are about one-half sugar. If you ignore the water content of breads and potatoes, about 85 percent of these foods are sugar.

Potatoes and flour made from grain have practically no fats in them. When labels on foods made from these high carbohydrate(sugar) foods indicate there are one or more grams of fat per serving, these fats are most often artificial fats made from grain, soy beans or other seeds. They’ll be listed in the ingredients. As will be seen in later chapters, mixing large amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) in grain and potato with these artificial or excessively processed oils, creates foods that are even more dangerous to your health than eating excessive amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) alone.

Labels on packaged foods made from potatoes, grain, peanuts, beans and other food crops usually indicate there’s protein in these foods. That’s false or misleading advertising. The proper name for what is provided by these foods is amino acids, not protein. Metabolism of human protein requires certain amino acids that are not provided in these foods. Therefore, under normal circumstances, the quantities of protein printed on food labels of these high carbohydrate(sugar) foods can not be used to satisfy the daily protein requirements of the body.

Some Advantages Coconut Sugar Health

Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener derived from the flowers of a coconut tree. Raw coconut sugar has a dark brown color and does not taste like regular sugar. It is less sweet and diabetes friendly. It is proven to be the healthiest sweetener substitute and has numerous health benefits some of which are revealed in this article.

Low Glycemic Index

Glycemic index is the numeric value that shows how quickly different foods turn to sugar. The higher the index is – the faster food turns into sugar. Excessive consumption of foods with high index of glutamine can lead to obesity and therefore obesity-related diseases like high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases. Thus, health care specialist recommend minimizing the consumption of high glycemic foods. Glycemic index of cane sugar is 50 which makes it one of the biggest enemies of your health. Thus, if you want to improve your health it is recommended substituting it with coconut sugar, glycemic index of which is 35.

Rich in Amino Acids

Proper functioning of human body is impossible without the adequate intake of amino acids. They are essential for proper metabolism and other processes. While some amino acids are produced by the body itself, others should be obtained from food. Coconut sugar contains sixteen out of twenty essential amino acids.

Loaded with Minerals and Vitamins

Another benefit of consuming coconut sugar is its high content of vitamins and minerals. Minerals like potassium, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and many others are essential for the proper functioning of all organs and therefore for the overall wellbeing. At the same time, coco sugar contains all 12 group B vitamins, which boost immune system and help keep muscles toned.