You’re Sweet Enough – The dangers of added sugar and sweeteners
If you’ve ever been hangry, raise your hand! The strange sensation of hunger and anger combined is brought about by sugar cravings, which in return is caused by unstable blood sugar levels!
Blood sugar problems are at an all-time high, with millions of people worldwide being pre-diabetic or suffering from full-blown type 2 diabetes. These saddening statistics go far beyond just feeling irritable and craving sugary foods and carbs.
The overconsumption of sugar and artificial sweeteners is being linked to many of the following conditions:
Skin ageing and acne
Increased risk of cancer
Increased risk of heart disease
Increased risk of depression
Fatty liver disease
Low energy and fatigue
Increased cellular ageing
Increase kidney disease risk
But do you want to know something truly amazing?
The overwhelming majority of sugar-related issues we see in the world today are reversible, preventable and manageable!
Every meal you eat will either feed health or feed disease. Dr. Will Cole loves saying: “There is no neutral food, no Switzerland meal.”. Every time you eat or drink something it’s another opportunity to nourish your body with healing food.
Not sure where to start? Here are my 2 favourite tips to start turning around your ‘sugar story’ because you’re already sweet enough!
1.Look out for added sugar
Most of the time when I talk to clients or my community about the dangers of sugar the first place they want to start is the amount of sugar they drink in their tea or coffee every day. Now it’s great to become aware of the amount of sugar or sweetener you add to your beverages or meals but the real danger lies in the ADDED sugars in food and drinks that you’re not even aware of. From pasta sauce to peanut butter, from potato chips to your favourite low-fat salad dressing or milk. Added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products.
You can find added sugar by looking at the ingredients in a product. Look for words ending in “ose,” such as fructose, dextrose, and maltose, and look for added syrups too. Also, try to stick to products that clearly state ‘no added sugar’.
The most natural thinking is to opt for products that contain ‘no sugar’, but that may not be the healthiest options as these products usually contain artificial sweeteners.
2.Ditch the artificial sweeteners ASAP
Artificial sweeteners are not a healthier option when trying to reduce your sugar intake. In addition to new studies showing that most artificial sweeteners, eg. sucralose, cause damage to your gut bacteria, they also worsen your sugar cravings (no one wants that!) and may cause high blood pressure and a slew of other long-term health issues and diseases.
Some artificial sweeteners may also put you at a higher risk for weight gain and obesity because they don’t trigger your bodies satiety hormones such as Leptin. Leptin is produced by your fat cells. It’s considered a “satiety hormone” that reduces appetite and makes you feel full. As a signaling hormone, its role is to communicate with the hypothalamus, the portion of your brain that regulates appetite and food intake. Most of the studies on artificial sweeteners have no definite result and little to no testing has been done on humans to see the definite long-term effects of these chemicals.
Rather train your tastebuds and body to crave less sugar and sweet things by reducing your intake of sweet food and drinks, and stick to natural sweeteners in your food by adding some berries, Medjool dates, or a little Rugani 100% Cloudy Apple Juice or 100% Carrot Juice to a recipe.
Reducing your sugar and sweetener intake may seem like a gigantic task, but once you learn the basics your hangry days will be behind you. Here is an easy, delicious low-sugar recipe to inspire you on your journey towards better health!
You’re Sweet Enough Crumpets
Want to know a secret?
You can break free from SUGAR!
And in my 10 week Online "Breaking Up With Sugar" course I will show you how to:
break your bad relationship with sugar during a 14 day 'Sugar Break Up'
know which foods are low and high in sugar
be a savvy shopper - no more foods that are high in sugar in your shopping cart
recognize and avoid hidden sugars in food
read nutrition labels so that you can spot the sugars
understand cravings, what causes them and how to avoid them
become a fat burner, instead of a sugar burner
avoid getting into a food crisis because they lead to binge eating
adjust your lifestyle to support a new sugar-free you
fall in love with real, whole foods by using the recipes and shopping list provided