Sugar 101

Have you ever wondered why sugar is highly addictive? Even more addictive than cocaine? There’s actually a very logical explanation.

Back in the caveman days sugar was extremely rare on our planet. We used to have to climb mountains, trek through rivers and walk lengthy distances to get to the little amount of sugar that was available, expending a lot of energy in the process. One might have stumbled upon a beehive or found a patch of berries in late fall because it was a great way to fatten up for the winter. We were programed to binge on these natural sugars and store it away for the winter.

Fast-forward 10,000 years and while our DNA has not changed, the availability of sugar has. We are still hardwired to binge obsessively on sugar and today sugar is ubiquitous. Not only is it at our fingertips, we are not expending any energy to get to it.

The fructose in sugar is mostly the problem. It is metabolized in the liver and stored as fat, while glucose is stored in the cells and is used as energy. There is no “off” switch to the brain for fructose, which is why you can eat a box of Oreo’s and not get full. Ever try eating 3 tubs of cottage cheese? It won’t happen because   leptin(apetite hormone) is produced and you feel full.

There’s no sugar-coating it, the obesity epidemic is real. More than two-thirds of Americans are considered to be overweight to obese. We live in a fat-fearing society where the attention needs to be diverted to the real culprit, s-u-g-a-r. Healthy fats can actually help use lose weight.

Not only can sugar make it fat it can also lead to many diseases:

  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Tooth decay
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  •  Anxiety
  •  Increased risk of diabetes

Do you want to try and quit sugar or decrease your intake? Here are some useful tips that might work for you:

1.) Get it out of your house- Go through your panty and refrigerator and do a clean sweep. If it’s not there you will be less tempted.

2.) Don’t buy it- Stick to the outer perimeter of the grocery store and try to not but processed foods, that’s where all the sugar is hiding.

3.) Drink a LOT of water. When you’re getting a craving, drink a full glass of water, cold or hot. You might even want to throw a lemon in there too.

4.) Reduce simple carbs- These act just like sugars in your body; crackers, chips, white breads and white pastas. Reduce them and try “crowding out” with healthy fats vegetables and protein.

5.) Eliminate sugary beverages- This might be the most crucial one. As soon as you sip on the pepsi your insulin levels spike and sugar is being stored as fat. Don’t be fooled by “healthy” drinks like vitamin water and juice, the sugar content is usually the same.

6.) Visit Sarah Wilson’s for more info some sugar free recipes.

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