Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sugar is Making You Fat!

In the 1990s Americans learned that fat was possibly the cause of heart disease. The war on fat began. We started eliminating fat from our diets. The food industry started replacing fat with sugar instead. Problem solved right? Wrong! Heart disease is now worse than ever and Americans are fatter than ever. Why is that?

Is it because we eat too much? That plays a role in it. Obviously if we eat more calories than we can burn we will store the excess energy and our best stores are fat. The problem goes much deeper than that though. What if what we are eating doesn't let our brain know that we are full or even blocks the hormone leptin, which lets us know we are full. We will just keep eating and eating. Research shows that there is such a food out there that does that and it is popping up in more and more of our foods. It's called high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). But don't the TV ads say that it is no worse for you than sugar. The ads say it is natural and has no more calories than sugar. This is true to some degree because sugar is also bad for you! The problem is sugar has never been in all these foods or in the quantity. We have gone from eating around 15 grams of sugar a day, tops, to now eating 73 grams of sugar a day with the majority coming from HFCS.

This sugar is not only making us obese but it causes many more problems. It has been linked to causing diabetes, heart disease, strokes, fatty liver disease, hyperactivity, and adrenal fatigue.

So what are your options? It is in so many foods. Should I just stop eating? There are many solutions to this problem.
1. Reduce your stress. When you are stressed your body craves fast fuel, sugar, because we are in flight or fright mode. Reducing your stress will decrease the cravings you have for sugar.
2. Eat foods in their natural forms. If it comes in a box, bag or can, it could be processed and it probably has HFCS added to it.
3. Eat carbs with a low glycemic index. Whole grains tend to have lower glycemic index.
4. When eating carbs add fats to slow digestion down, this will help you avoid that insulin spike that can cause your blood sugar to drop too fast which causes a person to crave sweets again. For example if you are eating bread add some olive oil or organic butter to it.
5. Here is a list of alternatives you can use for sugar
Stevia- in powder or liquid form
Agave Syrup (make sure it is unprocessed)
Carobs instead of chocolate chips
6. Use the herb gymnema (learn more about this in our product of the month.

We realize that not everyone is made the same so for some this may not be the solution. If you are trying these and are still having problems with sugar cravings, it may be a larger problem. Scheduling an appointment with our Naturopath or Nutritionist may be the solution.

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