Should You Really Quit Sugar?

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One of the best ways to lower your daily calorie count is to omit refined sugar from your meals, snacks, and drinks. Did you know the typical person adds an additional 300 calories daily by not avoiding sugar?

There is about one fifth of the population that will surpass over 700 calories daily just from the addition of sugar.

Just 700 Calories equates to a full cup of sugar. These additional calories are so easy to overlook and you will find the culprit is the sugar in so many food and drink products, that we do not even think twice about consuming regularly.

What Is Sugar?

Simple question right?, But how much do you know about sugar. Lets take a look

Wikipeida defines sugar as the following…

Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food, which are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose, and galactose.” (Source Wikipedia)

Essentially sugar is the refined simple carbohydrate from sources such as, sugar cane that has been stripped

Amazing Benefits of Eliminating Sugar

You will not feel the benefits of quitting sugar right away, but in no time at all you will see many great health benefits emerging. There are so many incredible benefits you will be giving your body and here are few examples:

  • Clearer Skin – sugar is a known acne trigger and you will not only notice no embarrassing pimples, but smoother looking skin as well
  • Increased Energy – you will notice an even energy level instead of an energy slump in the middle of the day
  • Mental Alertness – by maintaining a stable blood sugar level will give you better mental performance and improve your memory capabilities throughout the day
  • Weight Loss – whether intentionally wanting to lose pounds or not, you will see weight loss occur by avoiding sugar
  • Reduce Anxiety – just like in some children with sugar, the outcome can be agitation, stress, and anxiety
  • Immune System – sugar deactivates the T-cells that fight infections in the body and reduces the immune system availability to do its job
  • Healthier Liver – sugar can cause the liver to work overtime and become fatty, which can lead to liver disease and many other serious symptoms
  • High Blood Pressure – high sugar intake causes more blood pressure issues than salt
  • Healthy Heart – sugar increases the blood cholesterol and triglycerides, which can lead to cardiovascular disease
  • Save Money – sugar and sugar products cost are higher than natural healthy foods

The Dangers of Sugar Addition

When we talk about sugar being bad for you, the sugar we are referring to is refined sugar cane. Most foods that are sweet will contain refined sugar. Even some that you may not think to have sugar, most likely do, like bread and fat free or low fat snacks. Reading the label is the best way to avoid sugar in your food and drink products. Besides these sugary foods making us cranky, they can cause serious health problems.

Cognitive Abilities: with the high effectiveness of being so addictive, has sugar leading cocaine as having a more powerful addiction effect.

Moods: refined sugar will have you feeling up and down with moods to force you to satisfy that craving, which again is the effects of the addiction that refined sugar has on the mind and body such as Emotional Eating.

Our daily cravings that people have, if you notice is centered on refined sugar products. Rarely do we find ourselves craving a banana, broccoli, or other non-refined sugar product. We search for that sugar content on purpose. As our body and mind have been convinced that we need this poison in our bodies to feel better. When in reality, the opposite is what is happening and the sugar is destroying our mind and body.

How To Know If It’s Working?

The best way to judge for yourself is to test these claims by removing refined sugar completely from your diet for a minimum of two weeks. You will definitely notice that you have improved your body and mind without having any addictions to any other food additive. The sugars that we need to fulfill our bodies with are found naturally in plenty of vegetables, fruits and fresh fish, chicken, and meat. This also includes eating only whole grain rice and pastas.

The types of foods to avoid or carefully examine the labels are BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, sweets, packaged foods, fruit juices, yogurts, and even specialty coffees at the well-known coffee shops. The major culprit are fast food restaurants. The fast food restaurants are claiming to offer healthier choices, but if this is important to you, then check the ingredients to be sure. Even the popular energy drinks contain sugars as well as the caffeine that you are really looking for.

Our bodies require a truly good night’s Rest And Sleep in order to function at our utmost the next day. Sugar will definitely interfere with a good night’s sleep by keeping your blood sugar levels unbalanced mainly the action of Insulin Levels in our bodies. This makes you feel more fatigued and less focused. All this disrupts your daily routines throughout the day.

How to Avoid Sugar in Your Diet

The most important aspect is to read labels to see the sugar content in each product. Of course we realize that sugar content is high in sweets such as cakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, and these types of things. However, there is a trend of adding sugar to foods we think of as being healthier like in the salad dressings, yogurt, and even pasta sauce. If you are serious about your health, then taking the time to adjust your choice of foods and drinks is the first step.

The sugar to avoid is the added sugars, not the naturally sugars that are found in some vegetables and most fruits. By replacing some of your added sugars in your diet with the more natural ones will help with any discomfort or withdrawals you could experience. Some people have been known to have some anxiety and in some people mild depression. This is completely normal on a mild level as the body is reacting to an actual addiction withdrawal to the sugar.

Once you have completely removed sugar from your diet, you will find that you feel healthy and have a better mental outlook. The process may seem impossible, but your body and mind are well worth it. Avoiding sugar will have you feeling better than you have in a long time.

For more help getting low sugar recipes into your diet be sure to check out the Clean Recipes Cook Books.

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  • Kathy

    Reply Reply March 30, 2016

    It’s almost like reading a post about addiction, like an addiction to a bad drug. we get hooked on these bad things and crave them, we get horrible headaches when we try to stop them and we go right back to them. Bad foods should be treated like a drug addiction. Food kills people just like drugs do.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 13, 2016

      More and more research is showing these exact facts. I really think we are at a turning point as so many people won’t stand for this any longer. I feel we will see real change very soon.

  • Lynn

    Reply Reply March 31, 2016

    Oh I definitely believe people eat over 700 extra calories due to sugar. It’s so easy to do becuase it seems to be everywhere now. The day I started watching my sugar in take was the day I had a bad sugar crash from splurging one day. It was horrible and I never want to experience it again. I had no idea sugar could cause so much pain.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 13, 2016

      It’s everywhere and it is in everything. So hard to avoid if you try your best.

  • Kim Rawks

    Reply Reply April 5, 2016

    I read a book years ago about the dangers of sugar, how it it was introduced for the first time today the FDA might not approve it’s use. I avoid it as much as I can.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 13, 2016

      Great see so many people get educated about this, I think sugar is the new smoking. However I think sugar will have a larger negative impact. Hopefully that will change.

  • Jennifer D.

    Reply Reply April 6, 2016

    Very informative. Is sugar still healthier than artificial sweeteners? There is so much conflicting evidence on that.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 13, 2016

      Sugar in excessive amounts and refined is said to be the cause of the problem. No where in nature can you get such high concentrations. Fruit for example is OK. Artificial sweeteners bring up another problem becuase it is a fake food.

  • Yuen Ling Elaine Au Yeung

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    “Most foods that are sweet will contain refined sugar. Even some that you may not think to have sugar, most likely do, like bread and fat free or low fat snacks.”
    I agreed so. What I think that, some people feel that brown sugar is more healthy than white sugar. As well, when people drink coffee, they will ask for less sugar.

  • Kelly Linden

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    I had no idea yogurt was a food you should avoid. I’m going to have to be more careful when I buy it. I thought it was healthy.

    • Abby

      Reply Reply June 2, 2016

      I don’t think that he’s saying that yogurt isn’t healthy, but you just have to be careful where you get it from because sometimes businesses sell processed yogurts packed with sugars and all other types of additives. So go for pure yogurts without all the unnecessary stuff.

  • Alex A

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    I had no idea sugar addiction was such a big problem. It causes so many health problems it should almost be a controlled substance.

  • Petra

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    How did “high blood pressure” figure in the list of benefits of eliminating sugar? And it says “high sugar intake causes more blood pressure issues than salt.” If I have a lot of issues than the next person, then I’m the bad person, right? Seriously, clear this up. And one more thing…is 150/90 mmHg better than 120/80 mmHg?

  • Janine G.

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    Sugar makes us cranky? I dunno about that. What I know is…chocolate makes me happy. And productive. And gives me energy! This article needs to check its facts…and grammar too. Some sentences got me so confused because they’re like phrases badly put together: “with the high effectiveness of being so addictive, has sugar leading cocaine as having a more powerful addiction effect.” What???

  • Toni Fontello

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    I always think of sugar as just what I put in coffee or on cereal. I tend to forget that it is an ingredient in so many other foods we eat! Important to check that amount and decide whether or not to eat it. too much salt isn’t good for you and neither is sugar.

  • Jhei

    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    This is only about “refined sugar” is it not? I mean, that is what’s stated in the article. How about “unrefined sugar”? How about other natural sweetener? See, I use honey to sweeten my beverages and food. If I will have to quit that, I think that would be too much already.

  • Danielle

    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    It’s definitely hard to get sugar out of our system. Most of the food that we eat has refined sugar. But all it takes is one simple step — try it. I did and it was hard at first mostly because food labels aren’t clear. Now I think twice before buying processed food. I make my own food as much as possible.

  • Romina

    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    The title of this article caught my attention. I mean, how can we actually not have sugar in our food? But it turned out to be refined/processed sugar that’s the culprit. And yes,I have to agree with that. I stopped adding sugar to food or drinks and I lost weight dramatically!

  • Usha

    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    An eyeopening article. This means chewing sugarcane is beneficial. And its juice? Is it alright to have fresh fruit juices as much we like?

  • Ruchi Gupta

    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    Your article has moved me. Now I have started thinking of removing refined sugar from my daily diet. Can natural sugar help in overcoming the craving for sugar?

  • Riss

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    I have started replacing sugar with products labeled sugar alcohols instead. What’s your opinion on that?

  • Esfahani

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    Well I sure did not know that sugars triggered acne. I see I really need to cut down on sugars so that I can have glowing skin again.

  • Egger

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    Glad you mentioned the weight loss factor. Many people don’t know that your body can only absorb something like 6 – 8 grams of sugar per mean, and anything left over is stored as fat. That’s why so many people are overweight because they fail to realize this sneaky culprit!

  • Rainwaters

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    One thing I do know is that people need to stop feeding their children so much sugar. This is largely the reason why so many of them are bouncing off the ceilings and have major attention deficit disorders. Yeah, kids will be kids and they naturally have tons of energy, but saturating their bodies with sugars (especially processed sugars) just adds fuel to the fire.

  • Herman

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    “Rarely do we find ourselves craving a banana, broccoli, or other non-refined sugar product.” You make a great point right there! This goes to show how much of an addition refined sugars can really be – without us even realizing it!

  • Stan Howe

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    And to add, although the main thing we should avoid are refined sugars, people need to realize that even natural sugars in fruits (which contain fructose) can hinder weight loss if you eat too much of it.

  • Olan

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    Stay the hell away from Starbucks! That’s my advice. I know people who habitually drink 3 to 4 cups of these sugar-filled expensive drinks per day, and then wonder why they crash and feel like crap.

    • Eliassen

      Reply Reply June 2, 2016

      I 2nd that! And the same goes for energy drinks. They’re packing that with all types of garbage and uppers these days.

  • Rodrick K.

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    what a great article! I will pass this along to my sister coz she’s definitely has a strong habit of buying sweet munchies!

  • Pinney

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    People tend to say “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”. But that’s a big fat lie, because this article proves hands down that what we don’t know CAN hurt us.

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