I don't think it's a secret that added sugar is bad for you. But I do wonder if people realize HOW bad it is for them. It's not just about tooth decay.
The sugar you buy in the bag at the grocery store is made up of two simple sugars: Fructose and Glucose. Sugar is found in plants, including fruit BUT there IS a BIG difference between naturally occurring sucrose and the sucrose found in your bag of granulated sugar.
Fruit offers us nutrition - much NEEDED nutrition and should not be avoided, though it should be eaten in reasonable amounts and always as part of a well balanced diet with other nutrients. Granulated sugar goes through a refining process which refines the 'food substance' for 'food products' but gives us empty calories, offering us no nutritional value whatsoever. In the meantime, this form of sugar becomes addictive and robs us of our energy and our health.
However, the biggest reason sugar is so dangerous is that it is actually considered 'food' by many and ingested in such ridiculous massive quantities. Secondly, it is truly addictive and habit forming.
Did you know??
- Sugar suppresses the immune system.
- Sugar takes energy away from the body.
- Sugar raises your blood sugar level.
- Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
- Sugar contributes to obesity.
- Sugar contributes to diabetes.
- Sugar can be a contributing cause to cancer.
- Sugar increases signs of aging and does so prematurely.
- Sugar can contribute to weakness in eyesight.
- Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
- Sugar alters the balance of 'good' and 'bad' bacteria in our intestinal system.
- Sugar can affect learning and concentration in children and adults.
- Sugar upsets mineral relationships in the body and can interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar causes heart disease. (What? Never heard of this one? Check out the talk by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology titled "Sugar: The Bitter Truth)
- Sugar promotes inflammation.
- I could go on and on and on and on......
...but my point isn't to list all of the horrible things sugar can do. (You can certainly check out a much more extensive list created by Nancy Appleton Ph.D. here.) My point is that it does do horrible things, more than what we were told when we were little and pouring extra sugar on our Rice Krispies (four grams of extra sugar in each teaspoon I heaped on...and I heaped quite a few teaspoons) and that we really should avoid it and no, we should NOT substitute it with neurotoxic substitutes (more on this next month).
Besides not necessarily knowing how bad sugar really is, I think a lot of people really don't realize how much sugar they are consuming.
How much sugar is in that??
- There are 4 grams in a teaspoon of granulated sugar.
- There's about 39 grams in a 12 oz. can of cola and 65 grams in a 20 oz. bottle.
- There's 17 grams in a 16 oz. Café Latte.
- There are 13 grams in a cup of milk.
- There's 12 grams in just two Fig Newton cookies.
- There's 18 grams in just ONE Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie.
- There's 19 grams in a 1/2 cup of jello.
- There's about 21 grams in a 1/2 cup serving of Ben and Jerry's icecream....and really, who only eats a half cup?
- There's 27 grams in a container of strawberry Yoplait yogurt.
- There are 4 grams in a bowl of Rice Krispies...unless of course, you add more....
- There's about 6 grams in an average piece of pizza.
Okay...so there is sugar in a lot of things. From small amounts to very large amounts.
How do you get the sugar out??
Well obviously not by adding more to your Rice Krispies like I did as a child.
If I have been or am addicted to anything, it's sugar. I understand the desire...the want...the 'oh my I've got to have that'...
but seriously - it's NOT GOOD.
It NEEDS stopped.
The only way to stop it....is to ...well..stop.
You need to eradicate it from your diet. You need to stop adding sweeteners (and PLEASE do NOT substitute it with evil substitutes).
My recommendation? The Whole 30. You can see my many posts on our adventures with a Whole 30 here, and here, and others.... or you can just jump over to the Whole30 website to see what it's all about. Honestly, I don't think I could have cut sugar to such a low amount in my diet without the whole30. I have not completely eliminated it - that's a choice I've made. But I no longer CRAVE it like I once did. I no longer think I NEED it. I can enjoy foods and beverages without the added sugar that I once would have turned up my nose in disgust without it. I actually enjoy some foods even more than I use to because I appreciate their natural sweetness.
*You might also want to check out this book: Get The Sugar Out - 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet
However you decide to do it, you need to do whatever you can to greatly reduce the amount of sugar you and your family are ingesting each and every day. Best wishes nd let me know how you're doing!
Get the sugar out. Your body will thank you.