The dark side of sugar. Sweet in the beginning, bitter by the end. | Eating Habits | Scoop.it
According to a team of University of California San Francisco (UCSF), sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health. Many of the interventions that have reduced alcohol and tobacco consumption can be models for addressing the sugar problem, such as levying special sales taxes, controlling access, and tightening licensing requirements on vending machines and snack bars that sell high sugar products in schools and workplaces. There are good calories and bad calories, just as there are good fats and bad fats, good amino acids and bad amino acids, good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. But sugar is toxic beyond its calories. Limiting the consumption of sugar has challenges beyond educating people about its potential toxicity. The least understood of sugar’s damages, is far from just “empty calories” that make people fat. At the levels consumed by most Americans, sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver. Worldwide consumption of sugar has tripled during the past 50 years and is viewed as a key cause of the obesity epidemic. But obesity, may just be a marker for the damage caused by the toxic effects of too much sugar. According to a team of UCSF researchers, sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Non-communicable diseases now pose a greater health burden worldwide than infectious diseases.


Back in 1915, the average American consumed roughly between 15 – 20 pounds of sugar annually. Now the USDA estimates that the average amount of sugar consumed in a year is 156 pounds! Looking at these numbers, one may not be as shocked to learn that roughly one third (35.7 %!!) of the American population is considered obese. The rate of obesity has skyrocketed among children and adolescents as well with an estimated 17% or 12.5 million now considered obese.


The Sugar Content in Some Foods May Shock You! Taking a trip to your local grocer, you may be very surprised at what you see if you took a look at the nutritional information for some foods. Many items, which a lot of people assume are generally healthy, can contain a lot more sugar than you’d expect. The info-graphic, How Sugar Has Been Changing America, lists more than 10 food items which are surprisingly high in sugar. For example, it probably won’t come as much of a shock to learn that a can of Mountain Dew contains 46.5 grams of sugar. If you have ever tried one, you’d know that it is one surgery beverage! So how about a drink like Sobe Energize Green Tea? That sounds like a drink that should be relatively good for you right? In fact, a 20 ounce bottle of Sobe Energize Green Tea packs a whopping 61 grams of sugar! That is about the same as adding 15 sugar cubes to your tea! Pardon me, but would you like some tea with that sugar? Be sure to check out the info-graphic as it lists a number of other surprising food items that pack a surgery punch.


The blood glucose level is easily changed under the influence of some external and internal factors such as body composition, age, physical activity and sex. Diabetes is a disease related by the abnormal metabolism of blood sugar and defective insulin production. So blood sugar levels are an important parameter for the study of diabetes. The level of glucose circulating in blood at a given time is called as blood glucose level. The blood glucose level varies at different time on various part of the day.
When blood sugar is stable, your body is in balance and naturally releases what it doesn’t need like stored body fat, toxins and excess sodium. Stable blood sugar will also protect and increase your lean muscle mass to ignite your metabolism, eliminate carbohydrate and sugar cravings, boost your energy and help you to break through stubborn plateaus.
What happens when blood sugar is NOT stable?


Notice in the chart that whenever you eat too many calories or too many carbohydrates in a meal, your blood sugar spikes (above 120 mg / dl) and your body stores fat. Just the opposite happens whenever you skip a meal, restrict calories or carbohydrates or exercise on an empty stomach; blood sugar levels drop too low (below 80 mg / dl) and your body is forced to burn lean muscle mass in place of body fat. This loss of lean muscle mass slows your metabolism and makes it nearly impossible to reach your goals permanently. The truth is, though many people eat “healthy”, they fail to eat “correctly” and inadvertently spike and crash their blood sugar levels all day long. Stabilizing your blood sugar levels with the right nutrition is the only way to achieve your goals permanently.


Brown raw sugar is a natural sweetener developed from sugar crystals of molasses syrup. This is a good substitute for regular white sugar for a few reasons. First, brown sugar contains fewer calories than white sugar. Since this is the unrefined form of sugar, it retains a higher nutritional value. There are also other natural components contained in the brown sugar that make it beneficial to human health.
Omega 369 found in Fish Oils prevent heart disease and the complications of hear attack. Our bodies cannot manufacture them and we need to consume them in our diets. People who take omega 3 fatty acids have a lower mortality rate after heart attack than those who do not. They normalize lipid levels lower blood pressure and improve glucose metabolism

 

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