Is sugar really bad for you? Does that include sugar from fruits and natural forms?
We’ve gone through a long era in time where the black sheep in the food industry was made to be fat, blaming fat for heart diseases and obesity amongst other problems.
Yes some industrial, inflammatory fats like trans fats do cause heart attacks, but sugar is the root cause. In 2016, researchers proved that the sugar lobby ran fake Harvard research in the 1960s, all in favor of taking the spotlight off of sugar and make fat the source of fear.
Really it comes down to the basics, if something is GOD made and natural its just good sense to know its good for you and not bad. And if something is industrialised or man made, chances are we shouldn’t be ingesting them. To be able to follow that as a guideline for your diet will be the answer you’re looking for. Is it healthy fats? Yes? Good. Is the sugar in fruits bad for you? No, fruit is natural and full of fiber and nutrients. Is artificial sugars added into every produced thing good for you? No, nothing is natural about it. Is industrialised sunflower oil and canola oil good for you and your heart? HELL NO.
Lets dive deeper into what sugar is causing.
Fatty Liver Disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is increasing in the world, and of course sugar is behind it. High fructose corn syrup (which you find in almost every packaged fake food) is one of the worst forms of sugar and is basically what our drinks are made of. The first step to reducing sugar in your life, must be to cut out soft drinks, “fruit” juices and other sugars you drink.
This build up of fat in the liver caused by sugar is increasing the frequency of obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
An unhealthy gut and metabolic issues
In 2013 , a study found that for every 150 calories of sugar (about a can of soda), the risk of type 2 diabetes increases by 1.1 percent.
There has been links between sugar and esophageal cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, tumors and metastasis to the lungs.
According to research, sugar was found to be feeding cancer cells and increasing the likelihood of cancer spreading at a fast rate. Sugar also feeds the bad bacteria in the gut weakening the immune system and lowering the bodys chances of fighting off illnesses and diseases like cancer.
What kind of sugar are we looking for?
Added sugars fall under all kinds of names on the ingredient labels. One rule is that any ingredient ending in “ose” is a type of sugar.
Don’t let natural sounding names fool you. Sweeteners like cane juice, beet sugar, fruit juice, rice syrup and molasses are still types of sugar. Look at where they are placed in the ingredients list, the higher up they are the more the product consists of it.
Names for added sugar:
- Anhydrous dextrose
- Brown sugar
- Confectioner’s powdered sugar
- Corn syrup
- Corn syrup solids
- High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
- Raw sugar
How to go forward with this?
- Dial back on processed foods and drinks to lower your sugar intake tremendously.
- Preferably cut out sugar that you drink as it is the quickest way it enters your body without any fiber and spikes your blood sugar levels.
- If you have to use sugar, use less processed sugars. Its very easy to replace added sugar with healthier options like fruits or raw honey and maple syrup.
- Do your research, find recipes you can use instead of the traditional ones you grew up with. Replacing 1 or 2 ingredients is all you have to do to be able to enjoy that dessert you always liked.
- Getting enough high-quality protein, fiber and fermented foods can help you lose your sugar cravings over time.
- Don’t forget about the sneaky sugars in savory foods too, anything packaged, sweet or salty contains sugar.
- Stay away from products that say “zero sugar” ” low fat” “fat free”. Products that have low levels of healthy fats are products that are packs with sugar to give it taste.
- Go as natural and unprocessed as you can. The way our ancestors ate should be where you want to start.