TOO MUCH SUGAR???
WHY? Because its bad for my teeth, right. Well I brush, floss and visit the dentist every 6 months. Back off!
Carbs have been given a bad name. Especially in the last decade or so (Atkins and the hundred of other similar diet programs). But what about actual sugar? When we say sugar, we actually mean sucrose (aka table sugar), but the term is also used to refer to simple carbohydrates and refined sugars in general.
You can find simple carbs naturally in milk (lactose) and in fruit (fructose), but it’s the refined sugars (in the cake, biscuits, candy, fast food and soda) that you should be worried about. They often show up in places you would least expect them.
Why is sugar such a problem?
Sugar, White Death
In the right quantities, carbs are an invaluable source of energy. But what does sugar do to our body when we consume it in excess? According to Nancy Appleton (author of Lick the sugar habit), there are 124 ways in which too much sugar can damage our health. Among these are: accelerated aging (sugar consumption causes an instant free radical surge), loss of skin elasticity (sugar changes the structure of collagen), candidiasis (sugar feeds bad bacteria), reduced immune function, high triglycerides, fatty liver, obesity, metabolic syndrome, weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, energy spikes, mood swings, hyperactivity, depression and even cancer.
Sugar has many names and disguises. Anymore it is in virtually any food we consume from salsa to salami. When you are looking for those nutrition ingredients on the food your are about to buy the next time you’re at wally world, see how sugar they are sneaking into your food. The recommended daily allowance (maximum intake) of sugar is 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men. Don’t even get us started on artificial sweeteners. There are differing views on these bad boys but they definitely fall into the ugly category as far as we’re concerned.
So What Do I Eat if Not Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners?
We always suggest taking the most natural route possible and as usual, nature provides a way. Our vote is Stevia.
Native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central American, Stevia is a herb extract with about 300 times the sweetening power of sugar and calorie free! Widely used throughout Japan as a sweetener, stevia is now available in the United States and Canada as a dietary supplement and more recently as a sweetener and sugar substitute since the FDA granted Stevia GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status.
Here is a look at Stevia’s reported medical benefits. These benefits include:
It can help in the treatment and management of obesity.
Stevia has a negligible affect on blood glucose and may even enhance the levels of a patient’s glucose tolerance.
Can help alleviate high blood pressure.
These beneficial medical factors help make Stevia an attractive alternative to sugar, and a natural sweetener for diabetics and others who may be on a carbohydrate-controlled diet.
Stevia can be used the same way as sugar for cooking, baking and sweetening your coffee or tea. In our Store on this site, we even have flavored Stevia that can be added to a regular bottle of water (Fact: water also acts as an appetite suppressant).
People looking for help in managing weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and simply nourishing the pancreas, as well as ‘lust naturally” reducing their craving for sweets and fats are enthusiastic about Stevia. Some experts suggest that Stevia is destined to be known as one of the most important nutritional discoveries of our century.
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