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Why You Need to Get Off Sugar and Save Your Life

Why You Need to Get Off Sugar and Save Your Life

Tired, foggy, groggy, grumpy, fat…if your eating sugar then death is maybe closer than you think. The shocking truth is that it’s not your fault. But with this said you need to get off sugar and fast!

Even if you’re not spooning in heaps of sugar into you coffee, you are taking in more than you think. Sugar is hidden in processed food and that is not limited to cookies and candies. It’s hidden in all types of foods and some are cleverly disguised as healthy food.

For years you have been told to eat all kinds of  so called ‘healthy breakfast bars, granola, yogurts, pasta and more. You were told by ‘experts’ to eat according to the  pyramid. You thought you were doing it all right or for the most part. And yet you feel sick, fat and overall crappy.

In the above video Jody Stanislaw a diabetic since the age of 7 talks about how the sugar we eat is wreaking havoc on our bodies, deteriorating our quality of life and fast tracking us on the path to death. Thankfully there is help, if you make changes fast enough  it is possible to reverse or at least stop some of the damage.

The Dangers of Sugar

The dangers of sugar may not be obvious to you. In fact, there is a lot of hidden sugar in our foods and it can be hard to know what it is and how to eliminate it from our diet. There are many healthy alternatives to sugar that you can try. You can also find out the true amount of sugar in your diet so that you can make healthier choices.

What is Sugar

It’s a simple carbohydrate that has a variety of functions. It provides a sweet taste to food, and also helps boost energy levels. But in excess, it can cause health problems, such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Although it’s found naturally in some foods, it is added to many others. It is hidden in processed foods, which can make it difficult to know how much is in your food.

If you are looking for an easy way to keep track of your intake, you should check your food labels. This is the best way to determine how much sugar you are consuming. The label will include a reference intake (RI) for total sugars. You can then divide that number by four and see how many servings you are taking in each day.

Added sugars can come in many different forms. They can be listed as cane sugar, dextrose, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, or even malt syrup.

Where It It Hidden

Sugar is hidden in many foods and beverages. It can be found in cereals, breads, processed meats, salad dressing, and yogurt. It is found in almost all products especially in refined and processed foods.

Sugar can cause tooth decay and other digestive disorders. It can also lead to obesity and diabetes. Aside from that, it is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.

Daily Intake

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends people cap their daily intake of sugar to five percent of their diet. The American Heart Association recommends limiting to 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men. However, most Americans exceed this limit.

Read Labels

According to Angeles Institute the average American is consuming roughly 17 teaspoons every day. That translates into about 57 pounds of sugar consumed per person, each year. To help us avoid it  important to learn how to read labels. There are sugar free products but you need to understand what may be out in place of it.

You can also avoid sugar by choosing products that do not contain it. With that said, it is not always easy to read labels. Many labels are designed to deceive us.  In fact there are around 30 names that hide sugar on labels. Here are a few to watch out for:

30 Names for Hidden Sugars

As modern grocery shoppers, we try to be more engaged and knowledgeable about nutrition in the items we choose. This can range from salt to sugar in products. Let us regain control of what we are putting on our family table each night. There are over 50 different names for sugar, here are 30 hidden ones to keep your eye out for before choosing to bring home.

This list is take from Total Health

  1.  corn sweetener
  2.  ethyl maltol
  3.  corn syrup
  4.  dextrose
  5.  fructose
  6.  fruit juice concentrates
  7. glucose
  8.  high-fructose corn syrup
  9.  invert sugar
  10. lactose
  11.  maltose
  12.  malt syrup
  13.  raw sugar
  14.  sucrose
  15.  syrup
  16.  florida crystals
  17.  cane
  18.  crystalline fructose
  19.  evaporated cane juice
  20.  corn syrup solids
  21.  malt syrup
  22.  barley malt
  23.  agave nectar
  24.  rice syrup
  25.  caramel
  26. panocha
  27.  muscovado
  28. molasses
  29. treacle
  30. carob syrup

Get Off Sugar – the Addiction

The truth is that it can be addictive. It is eight times as addictive as cocaine. It is not only a tax on your liver, but it can affect your cognitive function and increase your risk of cancer.

Dangers of Sugar

Sugar can have a number of dangerous effects on your body. It is not only addictive, but also has no nutritional value. Consuming too much is linked to health problems like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, as well negatively impacting your immune system.

And excessive consumption of sugar can lead to liver and kidney disease. In some cases, it can lead to liver tumors. It can also increase the risk of gallbladder cancer.

In addition to causing obesity, sugar increases the likelihood of developing diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It also leads to insulin resistance, which causes metabolic disorders and contributes to the development of autoimmune diseases.

It may also interfere with the function of blood proteins. For this reason, it can also contribute to heart and liver disease. Moreover, it can also decrease the body’s ability to handle fat.

It can also lead to digestive issues, such as bloating, diarrhea and constipation. It can also lead to infections.

Healthy Substitutes

If you want to avoid health problems, you’ll need to limit your intake of sugar and healthy substitutes. Too much of the sweet stuff can cause health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and tooth decay.

And it  doesn’t just raise blood glucose levels; it can also lead to weight gain and poor nutrition, obesity, diabetes. With diabetes leading to a multitude of serious health issues. Luckily, there are several sugar substitutes that can help you reduce your consumption without sacrificing taste.

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, try using a low-calorie alternative such as stevia or monk fruit. These natural alternatives are a better choice than processed because they contain more nutrients.

Artificial sweeteners are a popular way to satisfy your sweet tooth without putting on pounds. However, some studies show that using these alternatives can have negative health effects.

Concluding Get of Sugar to Get Healthy

There are so many reasons to get off sugar. Though it may seem tough in the beginning, it’s a sign that you are addicted – all the more reasons to get of it. You can still enjoy sweet treats. Opt for fresh fruit like raspberries and strawberries that give you all the sweetness while providing you with natural and  nutritional benefits.


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