We aren’t talking fruit; a healthy individual would have to eat ridiculous amounts to reach harmful levels of fructose overload. (diabetics are exempt here) Added, refined sugar is the problem! Refined sugar has essentially been processed so much, that the vitamins and minerals have been removed. You are left with a refined carb that the body cannot use.
Your liver stores glycogen(glucose). Eating a diet excess of sugar, can overload the storage space available in your liver. The excess converts to fatty acids and stored in the inactive parts of the body. Think thighs, bottom, stomach, and breasts…UGH!! Your liver can also keep some of that excess fatty acids which may lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Not to mention, high sugar intake can account for high triglycerides, lower HDL(good) cholesterol levels, all of which can increase the risk of your ticker becoming diseased.
Why oh why is it so yummy if it isn’t good for us?? Eating refined sugar releases the feel good chemical dopamine. The more you eat, the more you release and the more you want, because it just feels good!! What a vicious cycle. Because you want more, it’s like your brain is telling your body that you haven’t had enough, hence the sit down with a whole pint of your favorite ice cream. It’s hard to hide from it because it is in absolutely everything packaged! Sauces, soups, milk, cereals, granola bars, yogurt, even the protein bars we think are so healthy.
Here is my simple advice…… Read the labels on your packaged foods people!! Find healthy alternatives to refined sugar, one of my FAVS is coconut sugar. Eat whole foods, especially fiber rich fruit and veggies. Do not drink your oranges or apples. Eat a variety of color and flavors. Crowding out some of the unhealthy, with some healthy and deliciously sweet alternatives, can keep your sweet cravings at bay while protecting those body parts we covet so much.
To your health! xx Arleen