The Dangers of Sugar
Many people love sweet things. Seriously, who would not want a taste of sweetness in their lives ?
Every now and then the human body craves for something sweet which is only fair. I mean life itself could be so tough already, and adding a little something to sweeten it does not sound like a bad idea at all . At least not initially.
Just like most things in life, sugar in itself is not bad ,but when it is taken in excess, that is where the problem starts. Now ,the hard part is actually trying to put a measurement on 'moderation'. At what point does 'a little' become 'too much'?
Also, 'moderation' is a very relative term. In a context, what is deemed moderation might be a little too much ,while in another context it is outrightly in excess.
Can you believe that there is 39 grammes of sugar in a 12 ounce can of regular coke? Shocking, right ?
Let me help paint the picture a little more vividly. It literally means about 9 1/3 (9.75) teaspoons of sugar! See how people are gradually 'killing' themselves.
Now I am not trying to spoil business for coke. Honestly I love the taste of coke. It tastes so good. I mean I love coke so much I have visited World of Coca Cola in Atlanta twice!
In the United States, the rate of consumption of sugar is astronomical.
Added sugars make up at least 10% of the calories the average American eats in a day. Also, about one in ten people get a whopping one-quarter or more of their calories from added sugar.
Let me tell you a true life story. I used to have a 'sweet tooth' before I got delivered or before I decided to change my lifestyle. There was a time I practically could not eat a meal without any sugary drink. It was terrible. Nevertheless, a day came when I chose to change ,and I started by stopping the use of added sugar to my cereal, tea, coffee or anything at all. Then, I cut down on the sugary drinks such as juice and sodas. You will not find soda in my house.
I still cannot believe I actually did it. There was a time in my life when I could never understand why anyone could ever drink tea WITHOUT sugar. Such punishment! Life is not that wicked.
Today, I am wiser and I have a better understanding. You can do anything you set your mind to do if only you have the determination to do it ,and you are committed to doing it.
Today, I am about 10 months 'sugar sober' and you can do the SAME!
Eating too much sugar can raise your risk of dying from heart disease even if you are not overweight.
According to a study done by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, there is significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for cardiovascular disease mortality. Just think about it, you take sugary stuffs enjoy yourself there and then, and ultimately cause yourself serious pain, heartache and troubles of heart problems later. Seriously, nobody should ever want that.
You need to take time out to read food labels. If you read a food label and find out it has high fructose corn syrup as part of the ingredients, just put it back carefully on the shelf and walk away.
You need to go into your kitchen and check out every food label and anything that has high fructose syrup , I am sorry to say this, but you have to 'close your eyes' and throw them into the thrash can.
Now, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetner made from corn starch. Fructose itself is a hexose sugar found in fruits and honey. HFCS is added to so many items we take on a regular basis without even realizing it.
Reducing intake of high sugar food (e.g high fructose corn syrup) is beneficial in lowering triglyceride levels.
The benefits of cutting out sugar or at least reducing sugar from your diet is immense.The earlier you start, the better it is for you.
Take a bold move to make this huge lifestyle change and reap the health benefits all by yourself. Being healthy is not just a goal, it should be a way of life.
Stay strong, live healthy.
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.When diet is correct, medicine is of no need"
- Ayurvedic Proverb