DITCH SUGAR BEFORE IT DITCHES YOU

The purpose of writing this blog is to let you know that sugar, both sucrose and high fructose is the principal cause of the chronic diseases that are most likely to. kill us, or at least accelerate our demise, in the 25 century. Its goal is to explain why these sugars are the most likely suspects, and how we arrived at the current situation : a third of all adults are obese, two-third overweight, almost one in seven is diabetic. Before getting into discussion, let’s know what is sugar? Sugar is the generic name for sweet, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. The various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose, fructose, and galactose.

History of sugar:- Sugar has been produced in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times. It was not plentiful or cheap in early times and honey was more often used for sweetening in most parts of the world. It remained relatively unimportant until the Indians discovered methods of turning sugarcane juice into granulated crystals that were easier to store and to transport sugar was discovered around 5th century. It was a luxury until the 18th century, it became popular and widely available by the 19th century.

How is sugar made? Raw sugar is sucrose which is extracted from sugarcane or sugar beet and the refined sugar is made from raw sugar that has undergone a refining process to remove molasses. While raw sugar cab be consumed, the refining process removes unwanted tastes and result in refined or white sugar.

Hidden sugar:- When I ask my clients that let me know their consumption of sugar, all they count is their tea and coffee intake. Let me tell you few places where sugar is hiding and going unnoticed.

  1. Cereals, including flavoured oatmeal, muesli and your favourite cornflakes.
  2. Packaged bread, including whole grains.
  3. Packaged bread, including whole grains.
  4. So called frozen healthy yogurts.
  5. Bottled sauces, dressing and ketch up
  6. In your favourite restaurant, on your favourite food( dressing).
  7. Last but not least in cigarettes( smoking is anyway a threat to your life)

So when it comes to sugar , don’t just count your tea and coffee.

Why sugar should be a big No No:- Because sugar is the. main culprit for most of the common chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and most importantly diabetes. It is also a major contributor to obesity. It is normal to feel an initial sugar rush or burst of energy after having something sweet, but give it a couple of hours and you are likely to feel a crash. It takes toll on your energy, not to mention your digestion, cravings and mood. The world health organisation states, “ Higher intake of sugar threaten the nutrient quality of diet by providing significant energy( calories) without specific nutrients. To be very clear on this sugar is giving you major health risks and  obesity.

Not all types of sugar is bad. Something important to point here is that added sugar is the real problem. Fructose ( found in fruits) the type of natural sugar is generally not something to worry about when consumed as part of a balanced diet. The real problem lies in consuming hidden sugar. Keep this in mind that hidden sugar is called “ hidden” for a reason. Ditch sugar and your body will say Thank you . You yourself will see the change in yourself. You are already sweet, you don’t need extra sugar. Ditch sugar, embrace good health.

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