You already know that added sugar has harmful effects on your metabolism and contributes to various diseases. But did you know that you might be eating sugar without even realizing it?
Here are some signs and symptoms that show you that you are eating too much sugar:
- Depression or anxiety
- Dental issues
- Lack of energy and tiredness
- Frequent flu and colds
- Weight problems
- Skin problems
- High blood pressure and heart problems
- Sugar cravings
Eliminating sugar from your diet can be hard, but once you do it, you will feel an energy boost, and you will be more focused.
Healthy sugar can also do harm
The so-called ‘healthy’ sugar-based sweeteners that are available on the market can be more harmful than added sugar.
Agave Nectar is high in fructose. Consumed in big quantities, fructose causes insulin resistance, which will chronically alleviate insulin and blood-sugar levels. The raw organic cane sugar is still sugar no matter how hard they try to fool you. Although it is processed differently, it still has the same chemical composition as normal sugar.
Evaporated cane juice is another trick used by the food manufacturers. When you see this ingredient written on the food labels, you should know that it’s just another way to hide the word sugar.
Also, many people think that brown sugar is healthier. When sugar is manufactured, molasses form as a by-product. Molasses are about 50% sugar. After the sugar is refined and processed, some of the molasses are added back, giving the sugar the brown color. So brown sugar is, in fact, a regular sugar that has been diluted with a small quantity of less unhealthy sugar.
How to eliminate sugar
Start by writing down all the products you eat that contain sugar. This way, you will be able to limit your sugar intake, by knowing which foods to avoid. Also, make a habit of reading the labels of each food item. You will be amazed to find out that even pickles, sauces, condiments and marinades contain sugar.
Sugar can be hidden under various names such as dried cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, invert sugar, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, honey or sucrose. If several sugars are listed on that label, then that food is less healthy that you thought.
The sugar impact diet
This diet will help you keep under control your sugar intake. Start by switching from high sugar impact foods to medium ones. If you are eating plain pasta, turn to quinoa pasta. Your body will gradually adapt to the new changes. In a matter of weeks, your body will start burning fats and not sugars, as it used to.
If you feel hungry every two hours this means that your body still burns sugar. When you start burning fat, you will go 5-6 hours without needing food.
Eliminating sugar from your diet is not easy. But once you will do it, you will feel all the benefits of this process.