About 100 years ago we Americans consumed about 4 lbs. of sugar a year. By now it has grown to about 160 lbs. per person per year, or just a little bit under 8 oz. a day. So we went from 2 teaspoons to a cup, a 40 times increase. This is the “Bad.”
Our bodies simply cannot tolerate these large quantities of sweets. The maximum an adult body can stand is 3 tablespoons a day. But that does not seem to bother the sugar and sugar related industries. As a matter of fact, just recently it has been revealed that the sugar industry commissioned (paid for) studies that blamed fat consumption for obesity and all related illnesses, which is mainly diabetes and heart troubles. That took the attention away from the real culprit, namely sugars.
Sugar is in just about all the readymade meals and dishes. It is there because once we eat sugar we get addicted to it. Studies showed that about 6% of sugar consumption comes from fruit, but about 70% comes from processed and ultra-processed foods.
So for you who are battling overweight, type 1 or 2 diabetes or hypoglycemia, I highly recommend removing all sugars and refined wheat products from your diet. The body pretty much equates refined wheat to sugar.
Sugar comes disguised in many forms, and so for your information there is a list at the end of this article shows the many ways sugar can be “mis-labled” in the foods you purchase. If you wish a copy of the list, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also email me if you are hopelessly addicted to sugar and wish to eliminate your cravings for it. I got rid of all my cravings in about six weeks.
So what do you do now if you have sweet tooth (just like me) and don’t want to consume sugars (see list below) that have a glycemic factor?
This is the “Good.” I use Stevia to sweeten drinks and foods I would normally sprinkle sugar on. But recently I found another product that can be used in food preparation and baking (substitutes for sugar 1 to 1,) which is Lakanto. Lakanto is made from the Monk fruit and has a 0 (zero) glycemic factor, meaning the body does not pump insulin into the blood stream. Lakanto even makes a delicious maple syrup substitute, a very good chocolate milk powder, and three very good 55% cacao content chocolate bars.
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Here is to your good health and well-being,
List of sugars and substances that trigger sugar-like reactions in our body.
(This is the “Ugly”)
Agave syrup, agave nectar Alcohol Amasake Amber liquid sugar Apple butter Barbados sugar Barley malt syrup Beet molasses Beet sugar Berry sugar Brown rice syrup Buttered syrup Cane crystals Cane sugar Carol syrup Caster sugar Coconut sugar Coconut palm sugar Corn sweetener Corn syrup solids Dextran Dextrin Dextrose Di-Ribose Diastatic malt Dehydrated cane juice Ethyl malitol Evaporated cane juice FOS (Fructo-Oligo-Saccharides) Fructamyl Fructose, fruit Fruit juice concentrate Glucose Glycerin Grape Sugar High dextrose glucose syrup High fructose corn syrup High maltose corn syrup Honey Hydrogenated starch Invert Sugar Jaggery Lactitol Lactose Levulose Maize syrup Maltodextrin Malt Syrup Maltose Mannitol Maple syrup Molasses Palm sugar Panocha Raisin syrup Raffinose Rice syrup Saccharose Sorbitol Sorghum or Sorghum syrup Suconat Sucrose Trehalose Treacle Turbinado sugar Xylose Xylitol