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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.