Sugar. Most people have no idea how much sugar they are consuming on a daily basis. The scary truth is, Way. Too. Much. In an article from Prevention they stated:
The average person shovels in 300 calories from added sugar every day, according to a recent report from the University of North Carolina. Roughly 20% of Americans exceed 700 calories of added sugar on a daily basis. That's an entire cup of sugar.
Unfortunately, even when we think we are eating a healthy well balanced diet and keeping away from the added sugars, they are being added to our foods and putting us in the direct path of dangerous health risks.
“Not only are we getting added sugar from obvious places like cakes, candy, and soda, but it's also coming from healthier-sounding packaged products like salad dressing, pasta sauce, and yogurt,” says Elyse Powell, one of the report's coauthors and a doctoral researcher at UNC.
If you are someone, like me, who is concerned with the day to day increased sugar consupmtion and what the negative effects to your health will be, rest assured, it's not too late to start the process of removing this delicious toxin from your body. When you do remove the sugar, you can expect some pretty amazing things to change, from heart health, to sleep and weight control.
Here are four health happy things to expect when you finally kick the sugar out of your life:
1. Your heart will do a happy dance.
Your risk of dying from ticker-related trouble will plummet threefold, according to research from James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke's Mid-Atlantic Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO. Why? “Added sugar chronically raises insulin levels, which activates the sympathetic nervous system, increasing blood pressure and heart rate,” DiNicolantonio explains. “Within a few weeks' time, you might expect to see a 10% decrease in LDL cholesterol and a 20 to 30% decrease in triglycerides.” Your BP would head in the right direction, too, he says.
2. You'll sidestep diabetes.
Eating added sugar promotes the buildup of fatty deposits around your liver. These deposits contribute to insulin resistance and undermine the work done by your pancreas, which normally stalls the production of insulin, says Robert Lustig, MD. In a study of sugar consumption in 175 nations, Lustig found that eating 150 calories of added sugar is 11 times more likely to contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, compared with 150 calories from protein or fat.
3. You'll sleep when you're supposed to (for a change).
The crash from a sugar high leaves you with mid-day sluggishness and an itching need for a nap. Also, added sugar triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which interferes with slumber, Lustig says.
4. You'll finally lose that extra 10 pounds.
Scaling back your sugar habit by 200 calories a day could help you drop 10 pounds in 5 to 6 months. Now that's sweet!
For most people, including myself, sugar has been a huge part of our diets for probably most of our lives, some times without even knowing the amount of sugar we were eating.
There are MANY benefits to cutting back on sugar consumption or removing it all together. If you would like to learn more about how beneficial a diet without sugar can be Link To This Article in Prevention.
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