The ‘sweet crystalline substance’, that is sugar, is fuelling a global health epidemic. Alarmingly, consumption levels continue to rise, metabolic disease levels rocket and life expectancy is being shortened. I urge you now, reduce your sugar intake!
The problem: Why is it deadly?
To understand why common sugar (sucrose) is harmful we must look to its molecular structure. It is made up of two molecules:
1. Glucose (dextrose) - this is in every living cell, if we don’t get it from our macros, our body will produce it
2. Fructose – we have little physiological need for
In the gut these molecules separate, the glucose circulates throughout our body feeding our muscles and our brain, whereas, the fructose goes straight to our liver. Only the liver can metabolize fructose. Eating this in small amounts such as by consuming fruit is fine as it is converted into glycogen and stored in the liver until it is required. However, if the liver is bombarded with lots of fructose it converts it into fat.
Repeatedly hammering the liver with sugar can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and all sorts of down stream metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Everybody knows someone whose life has been affected by one of the above diseases, could sugar have been the trigger? Don’t chance your health by indulging in too much sugar. Take charge, take control and conquer this addictive white and deadly substance today.
Top tips for reducing your sugar intake?
Good news, there are 6 simple things you can do to reduce and reverse sugar damage.
1. Avoid sugary drinks, opt for water, spice it up with a bit of lemon / mint / lime.
2. Read Food labels carefully, too often we are unaware an item may be packed with sugar – knowledge is power. Be aware that 4g of sugar = 1 teaspoon, and there are at least 56 different names for sugars and sweeteners, yet chemically they are all very similar. Look out for them:
3. Avoid processed low fat foods; the missing fat is usually replaced by salt and sugar.
4. Cut down fructose; restrict foods containing more than half their sugar as fructose such as figs, pears, mango, grapes, cherries, dried fruits and many fruit juices
5. Eat more fibre (25-50g / day), it is high in antioxidants, vitamins and keep you feeling full for longer.
6. Exercise a little! – it releases endorphins and helps take your mind off that sweet treat!
The food we eat can be the safest most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. The choice is yours!