Sugar- The Biggie: facts and how to reduce intake
For decades people thought that their enemy was fat. Lot of companies brought out reduced fat or fat free products replacing the fats in the products with nasty chemicals.
Although, recent research done by many organisations shows that actually, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and type 2 diabetes are all linked to high amounts of sugar consumption.
Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, obesity, loss of appetite control and type 2 diabetes. It is also said that it can lead to cardiovascular diseases. It can cause spots, greasy hair, tooth cavity and bad body odour.
Why is that?
It is not obvious for everyone but if you consume nutrients in excess it leads to weight gain, no matter if it is carbohydrates, fats or protein. So the excess nutrients are stored as fat in the adipose tissue and in/ around organs creating visceral fats. They also cause plaque in the blood vessels. This how they lead to cardiovascular disease, such as heart failure, stroke, plaque etc.
So it is very important to reduce our sugar intake to the minimum. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate. Nearly everything has carbohydrates in it but not all of them are simple. There are complex carbohydrates in vegetables and cereals for example. So even if someone cut sweet foods= simple sugars out of their diet, they would still consume carbohydrates. Simple sugar is the nutrients that your body doesn't actually need.
I have a very sweet tooth even after all these years eating healthy. So when the cravings are coming, I try to have something healthy, reduced sugar product. One of my favourite brands is Atkins, they believe the way to a healthy and balanced lifestyle is reduced sugar, reduced carbohydrate and high protein sweets. Their range of products exists of chocolate bars, drinks, cereal bars, protein bars and other treats. Their website has wonderful recipes, tips and meal ideas that can help to start a weight loss journey or a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some other ways on how to reduce your sugar intake:
- try to leave out processed food from your diet
- try to cook from scratch, using fresh ingredients and spices
- avoid sweets, cake, donuts, chocolate
- avoid fizzy drinks - have fruit flavoured water or diet drinks
- avoid flavoured yoghurts, have natural yoghurt with fruit and muesli instead
- avoid sugar in hot drinks, use sweetener or nothing
- keep an eye on sauces as they can have really high amounts of sugar
These tips are very useful for those who would like to prevent health issues but also good for those who are trying to loose weight or cure existing health issues.
I hope you guys found this information useful. Let me know if you have any further questions, my email address is [email protected]
I am always happy to help :)