What’s so scary about sugar?

What so scary about sugar?IMG_0993

I’m sure most of you can guess that sugar isn’t ideal to ingest, at least not in the form of traditional white sugar and definitely not in large amounts. Ingesting so much sugar can lead to a huge array of short and long term health problems.

Short term it can cause problems such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Unrestful sleep
  • Susceptibility to colds & flu
  • Mood swings

Long term it can lead to things like:

  • PCOS
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anemia
  • Acne
  • Adrenal fatigue

Now some people try to avoid sugar so they go for things plastered with the labeling that says “Sugar Free!” but unfortunately that isn’t any better. Most products with that label have an artificial sweetener used in place of traditional sugar. Have you heard of things such as Splenda or Aspartame? Those are just a couple of the fake sweeteners used in today’s foods. These come with their array of awful side effects for your health such as:

  • Migraines/headaches
  • Vision changes
  • Heart rate changes
  • Weight-loss resistance
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Joint pain

Really the list for the negative effects of sugar goes on and on. Food manufacturers have come up with 56 different names for sugar and that doesn’t even include the artificial ones!

Food scientists are coming up with all sorts of ways to hide sugar (in some form) into many different products that you wouldn’t suspect it. Have you read the label for the items in your cupboard? Grab a bottle of BBQ Sauce off a store shelf and flip it over, the first ingredient is sugar and further down the list is honey and molasses. Pick up a popular name brand peanut butter and check the back, the first line says “made from roasted peanuts and sugar”.

So now you know all the names of sugar and SOME of its awful side effects, let’s set one thing straight that Monsanto tried to change a few years ago: NOT ALL SUGAR IS CREATED EQUAL.

You heard that right: NOT ALL SUGAR IS CREATED EQUAL.  Let me compare the two for you below.

High Fructose Corn Syrup:  This is a highly refined, factory made product. This was originally thought to be better for diabetics because it requires processing by the liver before entering your bloodstream. However, it is now determined that repeatedly taxing your liver with artificial sweeteners is harmful to your health.

Fructose (the sugar in all fruit): This sugar is considered a whole food and is accompanied by micronutrients and fiber to help make sure it is metabolized correctly.

A study done by the CDC showed Americans are consuming an EXTRA 22 teaspoons a day! Teens are consuming an alarming amount between 30 & 41 teaspoons of sugar a day. Not really a surprise since the average teen/child will see 5,500 advertisements for junk food and only 100 advertisements for fruits and vegetables.

The point of this post isn’t to scare or discourage you, but to make you aware to check your labels. But not for the once popular calorie content, check the ingredients list!

If you are looking for some help or a kickstart to eliminating this nutrient poor ingredient from your diet send me an e-mail: (nicole@coachnicolel.com) and I would love to help you! E-mail me or fill out the contact form to find out when my next group is or to get started one-on-one!


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