Sugar....A Moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips?
September 15, 2015
What is sugar? Sugar is a carbohydrate; it’s the body’s source of energy. It’s a necessity in everyday life in order for us to perform daily tasks. However, in this day and age, everything seems to be loaded with it, why? Because it’s addictive and it adds flavor. The more you take in, the more you crave. There are a number of different types of sugar with the most common being sucrose (cane sugar), lactose (milk), fructose (fruit), glucose (blood sugar) and dextrose (found in plants but very similar to glucose).
Sugar itself is not the problem, over consumption of foods with added sugar and over consumption of calories is! In todays society we consume far more added sugar than we require. Although sugar is not fat, sugar that is not used up will be stored as fat, hence over consumption of sugar leading to weight gain and eventually obesity which then triggers other health issues.
The link below outlines the recommended daily allowance of added sugar for both males and females according to The American Heart Foundation.
We live in a society where convenience and price lead the way when it comes to nutrition, rather than taking the time to do what’s right, we go for what’s easy and cheap. 9 times out of 10 that means soda, Gatorade, juice, candy, cakes, cereal, ice cream etc. Absolutely fine in moderation, but as a predominant choice, you are on a slippery slope to a whole host of health problems.
When you take in these foods that are loaded with sugar and have minimal nutrient value, your body is ultimately going to combat that increase in blood sugar with a release of the hormone insulin to steady the blood sugar. Because of the massive amount of sugar, your body releases more insulin than is really required, so it overdoes its job and ends up ultimately bringing your blood sugar down lower than it was before. This means that your energy levels have dropped again, you feel sluggish and you’re more than likely going to grab something that is high in sugar, restarting this whole process. Years of this will eventually make your body unresponsive to insulin leading to you know what!
The above link takes a look at the amount of sugar in popular food choices.
The bottom line: Is sugar a very important nutrient in our daily calorie intake? Definitely! We need energy. Is consistent over consumption of added/refined sugar going to lead to weight gain and other health problems over time? Absolutely!
Tips to avoid these issues:
Eat balanced meals throughout the day to stabilize your blood sugar level.
Avoid foods/drinks that are extremely high in sugar as a regular choice, you will only end up going back for more when your blood sugar level gets too low.
Fast sugars can aid you in your workouts for instant energy; however make sure to refuel with a balanced meal post workout.
Just because you had one cookie or one soda, don’t beat yourself up about it and then go on a huge splurge because you feel like you’ve already messed up.
Sugar is addictive, therefore the more you take in, the more you continue to want to take in. Ease off of the addiction and in time, those cravings will go away.
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