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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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