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Have you ever dissolved 10 teaspoons of sugar into an 8-ounce glass of water? Can you imagine how sweet it would taste? Sadly, that is how much sugar is in an 8-ounce can of soda. This high amount of sugar reeks havoc on everything from body weight, to skin health, to behavior. What you’ll read should make you think twice before reaching for that soda, yogurt, and many processed foods that you thought were “healthy”. In fact, no one is doing the demonstration of actual sugar in the common products we consume than “Sugar Stacks”. Check them out here. (link to sugar stacks blog:

http://www.sugarstacks.com/blog/

Now that you understand how many common products contain a lot of added sugar, I want you to understand a quick and dirty version of what happens when processed or “quick sugars” enter the body. For this example think both “table sugar” and fructose – as in High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), This example is specific to that which is found in processed added sugars. This includes, sweetened yogurts (most), cereals (most if not all), fruit juices, athletic drinks, soda, hidden added sugars in salad dressing, pasta sauces, bbq sauce and…basically everything that comes in a package or jar that you do not make yourself has the potential to include added sugars in the form of sucrose, fructose, glucose…that is, SUGAR!

So, here is quick and dirty version of how the body responds to sugar: 1.) Sugar enters the bloodstream and blood sugar levels start to rise. 2.) Your pancreas need to release insulin in response to the increase in blood sugar. 3.) The insulin uses up the glucose very quickly which causes the blood sugar to decrease quickly (crash). 4.) Your body experiences “low blood sugar” or hypoglycemic symptoms such as; foggy thinking, light-headedness, low energy, and weakness. 5.) To create a balanced state in the body, more hormones are pushed out which press sugar from your liver, increasing blood sugar back up again. Sound like a vicious cycle? Stands to reason why 85 million American adults have diabetes. That is 1 in every 3 people! (cdc link to the numbers here:

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html

In addition to exercise, consuming foods high in healthy fats and proteins to slow the rate of absorption and need for an insulin dump in the body, you can also start looking (I mean really scrubbing and being brutally honest with yourself), at the labels on the foods you buy for yourself and your family. Watch for the following ingredients (some are not so obviously sugar):

  • Agave nectar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Organic evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

Carry this list and cross-reference foods if you have to. You would be surprised how easily you can live without the added sugars. Homemade pasta sauce with tomatoes, oil, fresh herbs and garlic is amazing. Not to mention salad dressing with fresh lemon, rosemary, sea salt and oil…simple and satisfying. You make the educated choice to minimize or eliminate added sugar.

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