Everyone knows that too much sugar is unhealthy and that moderation is key, but why should you ditch sugar completely? Here are my top eight reasons to eliminate sugar from your diet today!
- Too Much Sugar Can Lead to Diabetes: Sugar has been proven to play a large factor in the development of type II diabetes. Even people seen as “skinny” are at risk of becoming pre-diabetic if they over consume sugar. The best way to avoid this is by significantly reducing your consumption of sugar.
- Sugar Messes With Your Head: Consuming large amounts of sugar can cause major hormonal issues. Because the added sugar manipulates your hunger hormone receptors into not receiving the message that you have eaten, you will never feel quite full, explaining why you may feel hungry when you eat a diet high in sugar.
- Sugar Can Accelerate the Progression of Cancer: Because sugar is essential for malignant cells to grow, sugar can “feed cancer.” Need I say more?
- Sugar Makes You Fat (Obviously): If you consume a large amount of sugar every day, you may notice fat accumulating in places you have not noticed before. Because sugar signals your body to store fat instead of burn fat, your body will immediately begin to hold fat in places that make it extremely hard to work off.
- Sugar is Genetically Modified: More than 50 percent of sugar in the United States comes from genetically modified crops. To avoid this genetically modified sugar, seek out sugar or products labeled as 100 percent organic.
- Sugar is Addictive: Consuming too much sugar can lead to the “shut down” of your neurotransmitters that signal the release of dopamine. This causes you to eat more and more sugar until the neurotransmitters are triggered.
- Sugar Clogs Your Arteries: Yep, you read that right. Over time, eating too much sugar will ravage your endothelium. The endothelium is a layer of cells that protect your red blood cells. Once the endothelium is damaged, red blood cells will have a significantly harder time getting oxygen to parts of your body, causing clogged arteries.
- Sugar Can Kill Your Sex Drive: Because sugar plays a massive part in clogging your arteries and restricting blood flow, when the time comes, you may not be able to perform. Taking in too much sugar during the day can result in erectile dysfunction in men and sexual arousal disorder in women.
Here are 10 sugar-laden foods you may not have known are so high in sugar:
Canned or Packaged Fruit: You may think eating foods like packaged mandarin oranges or applesauce may be good sources of fruit, but you would be misguided. A small package of Mott’s applesauce can contain up to 23 grams of sugar.
Muffins: Muffins are constantly thought of as being extremely carb and calorie dense, but they are also dangerously high in sugar. One Weight Watchers blueberry muffin can have up to 22 grams of sugar.
Granola Bars: Just one Quaker oatmeal bar can contain up to 19 grams of sugar. Marketed as a healthy snack, these bars are not as healthy as they seem and use sugar for better taste.
Breakfast Cereal: Even the so-called “healthy” breakfast cereals contain a large amount of sugar. In a 3/4 cup of Special K cereal, there is up to 11 grams of sugar.
Bottled Spaghetti Sauce: Many wouldn’t think spaghetti sauce has a large amount of sugar, but a half cup of Prego’s mushroom spaghetti sauce contains 11 grams of sugar and carries little nutritional value.
Bottled Tea: Black tea or green tea, a common alternative to sweet tea, is viewed as a healthy, tasty drink helpful with weight loss. In fact, just 16 ounces of SoBe green tea contains a whopping 50 grams of sugar. It is always best to drink unsweetened teas.
Frozen Breakfast Foods: While frozen breakfast foods are not often seen as healthy because of their lack of nutritional value, they are also very high in sugar. Just one Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrée can contain up to 21 grams of sugar.
Condiments: An after thought nutritionally, condiments that go on sandwiches and burgers alike carry shocking amounts of sugar. Just one tablespoon of ketchup has four grams of sugar. When people use a large amount of ketchup, they do not realize that it is possibly the most sugar dense part of the meal.
Yogurt: Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, has been marketed as a healthy breakfast alternative or snack. In reality, you need to be weary of what yogurt you eat. A single cup of low-fat fruit yogurt can contain up to 47 grams of sugar. Plain yogurt with added berries, and stevia to sweeten if you need it, is your best bet.
Protein Bars: Many people use protein bars as meal replacements or as post workout supplements, but they often contain a staggering amount of added sugar. Many protein bars contain approximately 30 grams of added sugar.
Use these tips to eliminate the hidden sugar in your diet today!