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10 Must Know Sugar Tips

Sugar has been labeled by many health experts and doctors around the world as the cocaine of the food industry. This highly addicted non-food makes it’s way onto the shelves in almost every supermarket. Food companies continue to produce thousands of different types of sugary foods, providing huge profits, making sugar a massive money making industry!………

10 Must Know Sugar Tips
  1. Limit processed sugar intake. Sugar is a highly additive non-food offering zero nutrition and is linked too many unwanted symptoms and dis-eases.
  2. Read food labels and look out for and avoid the suffix OSE. So anything ending in OSE for example Dextrose, Glucose, Maltose, Sucrose, Lactose , Fructose.
  3. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners as they trick you body in thinking food has arrived when really nothing has arrived and this keeps you eating MORE.
  4. Only choose products that are 100% sugar free. Fat free still means they can be packed with sugar.
  5. Don’t be fooled by the words organic or natural. These products can still contain high amounts of sugar.
  6. Avoid sugary drinks like fizzy sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices these generally contain high amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners, also very often they contain artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and may have been pasteurised.  These products are what I describe as empty calories and are something described as a non-food and sugar water.
  7. Good sugar alternatives are natural organic unprocessed, unfiltered honey (including the wax) and stevia, a natural herb. Also Lo han (or luohanguo) is another natural alternative to sugar which comes from a fruit.
  8. Organic in season fruit and root vegetables can be used to add sweetness to your meals. Use caution as too much natural sugar can also give you some unwanted symptoms.
  9. Know your metabolic type and include an amount of sugar that is required by your body. 
  10. Tebnato sugar or Suknat sugar are better options than processed sugar, contain less calories and even have some nutrients. Use Tebnato and Suknat sugar as a last resort and always choose vegetables and fruits first.
So are we addicted to sugar?

With about 60% of the UK population now overweight or obese its easy to understand that something is going seriously wrong. The average person consumes more than 150 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year. That is nearly seventy thousands grams of sugar a year. Nearly fifty teaspoons of sugar daily! If this sugar is not burnt as energy it is then stored as body fat and can amount to about 77 pounds of extra weight every year!

We never used to consumed this much refined or simple sugars only recently within the last 100 years these statistics have greatly increased. In fact as little as 400 hundred years ago these sorts of sugars weren't even available to eat. We only ate natural, whole foods providing complex carbohydrates, which converts to sugar slowly.

Health Risks Related to Excess Sugar
  • Cancer  - cancer tumours absorb enormous amounts of sugar
  • Colon cancer
  • Liver and pancreatic disease
  • Premature ageing
  • Eczema & skin problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis & bone loss/weakness problems
  • Tooth decay
  • Poor absorption of minerals leading to malnutrition diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Blood sugar imbalance problems
  • Weight gain (Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes disease
  • Fungus & parasite infections
  • Physiological problems, mood swing, ADHD & ADD
  • Digestive problems, inflammation and food intolerance

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