Sugar Masquerading As Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner…
A major problem with processed food is that when you look at the label, you have no way of knowing how much of the sugar is natural to the food itself, versus the sugar that was added. Even foods that are typically considered “healthy” can contain shocking amounts of added sugar or fructose, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Your Body Can Only Handle A Limited Amount Of Sugar
The main problem with sugar, and processed fructose in particular, is the fact that your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize it. According to Dr. Lustig, a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, you can safely metabolize about 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. But the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
All that excess sugar is metabolized into body fat, and leads to all of the chronic metabolic diseases we struggle with, including but not limited to:
1- Type 2 diabetes
2- Cardiovascular disease
3- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Tips For Reducing Your Added Sugar Intake
The easiest way to dramatically cut down on your sugar and fructose consumption is to switch to a diet of whole, unprocessed foods, as most of the added sugar you end up with comes from processed fare; not from adding a teaspoon of sugar to your tea or coffee. But there are other ways to cut down well, these include:
1-Cutting back on the amount of sugar you personally add to your food and drink.
2-Using Stevia or Honey instead of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners.
3-Using spices instead of sugar to add flavor to your meal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. These spices will not only naturally sweeten your food, but will also help balance your blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings. Here’s how to get sweeten without all that much danger.
Different Types Of Sugar
Refined white sugar: You probably know this already, but it’s worth repeating. Refined white sugar is completely stripped of all nutritional value, and provides only empty calories. Furthermore, more than 65 percent of the white sugar available commercially is made from GMO sugar beets. Avoid it at all costs!
Brown sugar: Commercial brown sugar is nothing more than refined white sugar with some molasses added back in for color and flavor. Don’t be fooled by the color or claims. It’s just as bad.
Evaporated cane juice: Made from sugar cane (as opposed to sugar beets), evaporated cane juice is slightly less refined than white sugar, and therefore retains more color, flavor, and nutrients from the sugar cane. But really the only difference between commercial evaporated cane juice and white sugar is that the former goes through one less step of refinement.
Raw organic cane sugar: This type of sugar is less processed than refined white sugar, and still contains some of the original nutrients present in cane juice. These include amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and even some antioxidants. Because it’s organic, you also won’t be exposed to the pesticides present in commercially grown sugar. So, while obviously a better choice than refined white sugar, remember that it’s still sugar and should be consumed in minimal amounts.
Coconut sugar: Coconut sugar is harvested from the sap of the coconut plant through a very natural process of extracting the juice, and then allowing the water to evaporate. Process-wise, it is one of the most sustainable methods of sugar production, and the product also contains a small amount of fiber and other nutrients. Coconut also contains a lower percentage of fructose than the other sugars listed, which perhaps makes it slightly healthier than the other options.
Other than the different types of sugars discussed above, there is one “sugar” that — in its raw form — contains a highly concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help nourish and revitalize your body. What is it?
What Is This Sugar?
If you guessed honey, then you’re absolutely right. For we’ve all heard about how honey is a remarkable substance. We’ve heard about how it “doesn’t go bad.” Or about how archaeologists found unspoiled, 2000-year-old honey in an Egyptian tomb.
But what you may not know!!!
Honey contains a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that nourish and re-vitalize your body. And it possesses unique antimicrobial properties that help you fight off infections.
Throughout history, honey has been used to treat…
4- Skin infections
For example, honey was the most popular ancient Egyptian healing remedy (and was mentioned over 500 times in 900 remedies.)
Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) used honey as a treatment for pain, dehydration, and fever. And this isn’t just some “folk remedy” discredited by modern science either. Look at this carefully, it works…
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