Sugar consumption has increased exponentially in the past 20 years. Diabetes and obesity continue to rise, even in children! Sugar can affect the immune system and lead to more sickness and disease. Although it may taste good - it does not do your body good. Sugar has been linked to not only diabetes and obesity, but also heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis, asthma, arthritis and more.
Many people know that it is important to limit or avoid common sugar containing foods such as soft drinks, fruit drinks, candy, baked good, and desserts. In addition, high carbohydrate foods turn into sugar in the body such as bagels, muffins, and cereals, etc. It is important to limit these types of foods too or make sure you look for 100% whole wheat and better yet, sprouted forms of bread like Ezekial breads. Always include protein and good fats such as butter or coconut oil with your carbohydrates to slow the entry of the sugar into your body. Balance is the key!
3 Tips to Reducing Sugar:
- Read labels and avoid these common forms of sugar you may not know you are getting in your diet: Sucrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, glucose, dextrose, crystalline fructose, fructose.
- Drink more water or try Kombucha – cut back on soft drinks and juices
- Replace candy and cookies with good ole fresh fruit. While fruit still has sugar, it is also full of nutrients that are good for you.