So, yesterday I promised you a post on what I’ve been researching about in how bad sugar is for us.
I already have cut out white sugars and processed foods from my life and only allow the purest ingredients and sweetness in. But is that always the best idea?
I’m learning not…
So, here we go…let’s see how much I’ve retained in my brain from the hours of research and reading this past week. I know at least we can all agree that sugar is bad for you; or at least it does NOT make you healthier, right?
But let’s dive into WHY it’s not healthy and may actually be causing harm…the studies and date kind of blew me away.
Sugar is addictive, I know that for sure. (if you haven’t already read and heard my blog and vlog this past week on how I’ve had to work hard to overcome emotional eating issues, scroll back through the blog posts to see) Eating excess amounts is easy to do; and NOT easy NOT to do, once you start. Basically, the more sugar that we eat; the more we get used to the high levels and the more we want…it’s a vicious cycle.
But, you say that you use artificial sweeteners instead of the “white” stuff? That may be even more of an issue because these are designed to deliver a sweetness “hit” that is far beyond what we could ever find in nature and natural food choices.
Aspartame; or “equal” is 200 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar…wait, who still keeps sugar on the table?
Sucralose; or “Splenda” is 600 times sweeter…Saccharin; which is “sweet’n low” is up to 700 times sweeter than table sugar. Are you starting to understand how we are becoming slaves to this stuff?
Artificial sweeteners provide us with taste and reward our sensations like we’ve never known before. It kind of works like a “drug” as it then becomes harder and harder for us to experience the same levels of pleasure and reward that did the last time we ate them – which also makes it impossible to even enjoy the natural sweetness of foods.
I read a story about a young woman who attended a workshop that was teaching these issues and she asked the presenters; “But if I can’t sweeten my strawberries with Splenda, how do I make them taste sweet?”
O M G
But that’s real, people. That’s what we have taught ourselves and what we are teaching our children. The cycle keeps going on and on and on…
Until someone says, STOP! And I’m doing that today.
How is this habit sabotaging all of your hard work and efforts to be healthier? Added sugar is one of the quickest and easiest foods to provoke an unhealthy hormonal response. When we overconsume sugar-sweetened, nutrient poor processed foods will raise our blood sugar levels too high, too often and this promotes our reliance on carbs for fuel. Excess carbs turn into triglycerides which doesn’t burn the fat for fuel and leads to an accumulation of body fat.
How does the cycle continue? When our cortisol (stress) levels are higher, we generally reach for more sweet foods with lots of added sugars.
I will continue with more great info tomorrow but I would like you to take part in my hopes to raise some awareness in and around our lives and those that we come into contact with each day. (think 6 degrees) For the rest of today, and the remainder of this week; I challenge you to take inventory of everything you eat and drink. Ask yourself the following questions and see how much of a cycle overeating sugars is for you;
*is this food sweetened outside of nature?
*do I tend to sweeten this food when I eat/drink it?
*how true to nature are my foods/meals?
*how often do I use; honey, agave, stevia, xylitol, etc? These are all considered “clean” alternatives to white sugar but guess what We are still overdoing on these sugars too…and basically
Sugar is sugar is sugar is sugar…
What do you think?