You might have heard about this a million times before, but you probably haven’t heard of the reasons that makes this the #1 WORST ACIDIC food you need to avoid – and I’m going to share with you exactly why is this so today.
Avoiding, and eliminating this food is not just for weight loss, but it’s about preventing yourself from harmful diseases and cancer.
Well, this food is none other than SUGAR.
The most frightening aspect is that sugar can be more common in your food than what you think. It is hidden in some foods you’d never imagine. We all have underestimated the amounts of sugar we eat during every meal, unknowingly. The sugar is present but you just don’t see it in its raw form.
If a food tastes sweet and yummy, it contains a certain amount of sugar.
Let’s look at the statistics of sugar consumption over the last 3 centuries.
In the book ‘Sugar Love: A Not so Sweet Story’, author Rich Cohen researched and found out that back in 1700, the average Englishman ate four pounds of sugar a year.
But today, the average American consumes 77 pounds of sugar annually, which amounts to more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar daily.
This sharp increase in sugar consumption could be the root cause of obesity and many health issues. But let us investigate how sugar is broken down in your body and why it is bad for you.
You see, sugar is actually refined sucrose, produced by multiple chemical process from sugar cane or sugar beet. Sugar is classified under simple sugar as they get rapidly digested in your bloodstream rapidly after you consume it.
Even though our body requires a moderate amount of blood glucose to function properly, the rapid increase of blood glucose would stimulate the pancreas to produce large amounts of insulin in a short amount of time.
The role of the insulin is to remove excess glucose in our bloodstream.
However, when there is a rapid increase in glucose, the pancreas will continue to produce insulin to remove excess glucose, even when no additional sugar is consumed.
The excess production of insulin causes the glucose level in your blood to drop rapidly. This is known as hypoglycemia.
When blood glucose falls too low, our adrenal glands will tap into the reserve of glycogen, which will simulate the production of glucose from proteins and other substances in our body. This will overwork your adrenal gland.
When you constantly stress your adrenal glands, you are literally killing your adrenal function.
This is just a gist of how sugar is being processed in your body.
As you can see, frequent consumption of sugar will cause your pancreas and adrenal glands to be overworked and weakened.
And over a period of time, it can lead to many health problems and diseases. Besides obesity, diseases associated with sugar include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type II diabetes, and even cancer.
What about fruits?
When most clients find out about the dangers of sugar, they will start to ask “if sugar is bad for me, can I still eat fruits?”
Whole fruits contain dietary fiber, which not only makes us feel fuller, but helps to slow down the body’s absorption of fructose. Hence the sugar takes a longer time to enter the bloodstream, giving the body more time to metabolize them.
Whole fruits contain an abundance of minerals, vitamins and healthful nutrients for our body too. So as long as you do not have diabetes, it is definitely beneficial to eat most fruits.
Remember, we should have a moderate amount of glucose in our blood and not none at all.
When you start kicking the sugar habit from your diet, you can reap immediate and long term health benefits.
1) Start by avoiding products with added sugar. Study the nutritional label and take note of the quantity of sugar in these products.
2) Use natural alternatives like date paste, figs, fruits like raisins and bananas, coconut sap and stevia to sweeten to your food.
3) Retrain your taste buds. If you stop eating sweet foods for a period of time, you can train your taste buds to enjoy things that aren’t as sweet. If you can’t go completely off the sugar, try reducing the quantity of sugar. If you are putting one tsp of sugar in your coffee, try reducing it to ½ tsp.
Now as you have learned that sugar is the #1 food that you should avoid, you will be amazed to find out about ‘4 SWEET Foods You Should Eat’. This is an informative video presentation from my friend and nutritionist, Laura Lindsey and I normally recommend my clients to eat this 4 sweet foods too.
Go to next page to find out the ‘4 SWEET Foods You Should Eat’
About the Author:
Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice.
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