Sugar effect on health
How does sugar relate to Rejuvenating Strategies? Well…..in my opinion, diet, health, and body care are all components of aging well. We used to think that fat in the food was making us fat. Not so. With so many “low fat” and “no fat” foods available, you’d think we should all be skinny. Way back in the 50’s it was discovered by scientists that sugar is just as bad to our health as tobacco! Whoa! Say what? Believe me, I was floored when I heard that on TV program W5 just this past Sunday. I sat up, and started taking notes. Just as tobacco companies concealed the fact that smoking is bad for your health, processed food industry is denying that sugar is bad for our health. “Clinical reports” that say sugar is not bad are funded by sugar industry. Isn’t that interesting? Scientists that have come up with proven tests that sugar is bad have been either silenced, or discredited as “quacks” that don’t know what they are talking about. Isn’t that interesting?
Sugar is made up of two molecules: glucose, which is essential for our brain’s survival and normal functioning. The other molecule is fructose, (not from healthy fruit). What does too much fructose do to our metabolism? It makes our liver fatty, which causes obesity, diabetes, cancer, alzheimers (“diabetes of the brain”) and heart disease. We are all aware of these diseases being modern day maladies that threaten our health. Did you know that cancer cells LOVE sugar? That’s what they feed on. Considering that sugar is one of the major additives to commercial foods, is it any wonder cancer has become so prevalent in our society? I think not.
Processed foods, (a whopping 99%) contain sugar because it enhances flavor, so we buy more, and spend more which equals more PROFITS! Did you know that sugar is often disguised in food labels by names such as: corn syrup, invert sugar, fructose, rice syrup, dehydrated sugar cane? Well, it’s true. So beware.
Surprising sugar content facts
4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. Our daily intake of sugar should be about 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 teaspoons for men. Our average daily intake is………26 teaspoons/person!
One cup serving of tomato soup, which we think is healthy, contains a whopping 14g of sugar. Cream of mushroom soup contains only 1g. Who eats only 1 cup of soup? Crackers, however have NO sugar!
A tiny ¾ cup of Honey Nut cereal = 10g of sugar. Banana Nut cereal = 9g of sugar. One cup of Rice Krispies = 3g of sugar. Cream of wheat has no sugar! Just one bottle of soda/day adds up to 50 lbs of sugar in a year!
What are we to do?
We can certainly take control of our sugar intake. I now make my own tomato soup, with no sugar added, and it tastes wonderful.
Switch from processed foods to home cooked meals. Make an effort to have a sit down family meal. It really doesn’t take that much more effort, not to mention the benefits of sharing some quality family time. In the end, your body and health will thank you for it, as will your family.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, choose from foods like yogurt, unsweetened dark chocolate, nuts and seeds.
Make frozen smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit. Mix fresh fruit or berries with yogurt for a delicious, healthy and nutritious dessert.
Use natural stevia instead of sugar. Stevia is an additive-free plant that sweetens just like sugar without the calories, dangerous chemicals, or nasty side effects. It leaves no bitter after-taste.