Why is sugar bad for you? Or, how can something be so bad and taste so good? It’s like a moth to a flame. Sweet poison. Addictive. You just can’t resist that second piece of pie!
It’s in just about everything we eat that’s refined or processed. It’s hidden within what we eat and we may not even realize how much sugar we do eat! But, since everyone eats it, it can’t be that bad, right?
Why is sugar bad for you?
- Table sugar is half sucrose and half fructose
- High fructose corn syrup is the one to especially avoid
- The body doesn’t seem to know what to do with Fructose
- It makes for a fatty liver which in turn can affect our cardiovascular system
- There is a connection between excess sugar and heart disease!
- Consume less fat because fat gets in the way of the body’s ability to metabolize and process sugar
Therefore, keep refined sugar to an absolute minimum. But, how do you do that? If it means you won’t eat plant based whole food, sprinkle a little sugar on it. But, begin to learn (try) to get your sugar from raw fruits, instead.
Opt for a Low Fat Diet
Adopt a low fat diet with no added fats of any kind. Everything you need is in the right proportions when you consume plant based whole foods. You don’t have to worry about nutrition. Everything is balanced. Proteins, carbs and fats are all in the right proportions.
In processed food, when you remove the fat, often the flavor goes out the window. So, what you find is that they add more sugar. Without sugar or fat the food would be unpalatable.
Sugar causes inflammation, including obesity and heart disease. So, just because sugar is vegetarian doesn’t mean it’s good for you. It’s not. Have your sugar be the simple carbohydrates in fruit.
Our liver has a very limited ability to process sugar (fructose in particular.) It has been said a safe amount per day is somewhere from 6 to (no more than) 9 teaspoons per day max. All excess sugar is metabolized into fat by insulin.
The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar daily. Sugar feeds Cancer and cancer thrives in an acidic bodily pH. Avoid canned fruits because of the added sugar.
Caffeinated (a mild diuretic) soft drinks are loaded with sugar. The manufacturer also adds salt. When you take in salt and urinate, you get thirstier. This sets up a vicious cycle where you drink more. How many times in the past have you seen an overweight person holding a super large soft drink in their hands with a bag of chips?