We all hear about how bad sugar is for you, but what is it really doing to the body?
What Is Sugar?
Sugar is highly addictive, horribly debilitating, and unfortunately delicious! Sugar is a simple also called fast-acting carbohydrate. If it ends in a “ose,” then it is a sugar. There are different kinds of sugars, starting with simple sugars (called monosaccharides) like glucose, fructose, and galactose. Then there are also more complex forms (called disaccharides) like sucrose, maltose, and lactose.
When you consume sugar, your body has two options:
- Burn it for energy.
- Convert to fat and store it in your fat cells.
Along with adding more body fat, sugar consumption contributes to many health issues. Increased chance of obesity, diabetes, increased gut-permeability (leaky-gut), cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration, renal failure, chronic kidney disease, low-grade inflammation and even high blood pressure.
Sugar is hidden in many processed foods, so it is important to read labels and eat whole, organic and unprocessed foods. The biggest problem with added sugar is that it makes it easy to overeat. It’s tasty and high in calories, but it often doesn’t make you feel full. Instead, it can trick you into wanting even more food! We are genetically inclined to eat more when something is sweet. In the “caveman days” we only had fruit once per year when it was in season. Our brain is designed to crave sugars to prepare for the winter months during the summer season. There are receptors in our brain that cause our hormones to change when we eat something sweet. Have you ever felt full and then put dessert in your mouth and all of a sudden you can eat more??? That’s those chemicals at work!
What About Fruit?
Many people have “fruit fear” or are afraid to eat fruit because they have sugars. When you consume fruit, you are not only consuming fructose (in its natural state), but also consuming fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. Fruit can have an effect on your blood sugar because IT IS SUGAR! Fruit will cause less of a blood sugar spike compared to nutrient-void table sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Consume fruit that has a low glycemic load to reduce blood sugar spikes and insulin secretion. (Stay tuned next time to learn more!)
Sugar and Inflammation
High blood sugar magnifies all aches and pains and can lead to impaired joint movement and even arthritis. Fascia is considered our second skin, covering muscle, nerve, joints, and organs. The fascia is located beneath our skin layer and weaves throughout the body. It acts as a communicator transmitting input from one area to the body to another. Your entire body is connected by this fibrous collagen filled inner. Excess dietary sugar binds to collagen and goes through a process called glycation where sugar linked proteins, called AGE’s (advanced glycation endproducts) cause inflammation and collagen degradation. Internally, unhealthy fascia can cause muscle stiffness, aching joints, headaches and even anxiety. More reasons to cut sugar!
Still not sure how to cut sugar? Download the Whole 30 Sneaky Sugar Guide – https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-sugar.pdf
You can always set up some time with me to discuss your sugar blues.
In health and happiness,
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