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Did You Know That Sugar Causes Fat Gains?

Take a look in your fridge, take a look in your cabinets. How much sugar are you eating that you don’t even know about?

Did you know...

that alarms are being sounded about the dangers of sugar? Some health professionals are referring to it as toxic, poison. As the consumption of fat was reduced in our diets (remember all the warnings about fats?) we are now seeing that it had little affect on weight. In fact, as we were reducing our consumption of fats, we became fatter and fatter and fatter until we are obese, diabetic, full of fatty liver disease and facing an upward trend in heart disease.

It is recommended that 20 to 25 grams of sugar is a safe consumption. We are eating upwards of 55 grams, adolescents upwards of 73. When I talk to people about sugar, and everyone that knows me knows that I talk about it a lot, they almost always say, “I don’t eat much sugar.” But when I tell them that I’m not talking about cake and cookies type of sugar, that I’m talking about sugar hidden in their food, they begin to listen. Most times, we find 20 grams or more of sugar consumed before leaving the house in the morning!  I can’t count the number of times I hear, “You mean that healthy yogurt I’m eating on my diet is making me fat?”

Sugar is made up of fructose and glucose. When glucose enters the bloodstream, the body releases insulin to help regulate it. Fructose, on the other hand, is processed in the liver. When too much fructose enters the liver, the liver can't process it all fast enough. Instead, it starts making fats from the fructose.  So, back in the “old days” when we were eating 20-25 grams of sugar, our livers were handling the amount just fine. Not so today.  

Too much sugar means too much insulin and too much insulin means an interference with hormones that affect appetite control causing binge eating.

Take a look in your fridge, take a look in your cabinets. How much sugar are you eating that you don’t even know about?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joanne Moniz March 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Patty, sorry I did not get notice of your comment. Splenda is a synthetic substance and has potential toxic side effects. Try Stevia.
bimbels March 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Rather than using artificial or even "natural" sweeteners (Stevia, Agave nectar), IMO it's better to wean yourself completely from sugar. When you do that, your taste buds will adjust and you won't need the added sweetening. Start with cutting processed foods - and I agree you have to check labels! That yogurt you thought was healthy often has as many grams of sugar as a serving of Ben and Jerry's!! I get my sugar from fruit and that's it - I might have dessert if it's a special occasion but even then go for things not too sweet, because now I find a lot of things too sweet for my taste.
Joanne Moniz March 06, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You are absolutely right! It is addictive and Is linked to many health issues including cancer!!!
Patty March 07, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Thank you all! I decided to try to do both suggestions. I'm slowly cutting down the amount of sugar in my coffee and tea with the hope of going "black" soon. I actually have wanted to go to black coffee just for the ease of use. I got some Stevia seeds and hope to grow them in my herb garden. Although they say they are difficult to start from seed I think it'll be a nice natural sweetner to try.
Joanne Moniz July 29, 2012 at 12:42 AM
How are things going Patty? Keep your grams of sugar at 20 and you will be buying yourself a new wardrobe!!

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