Did You Know..?
Americans consumed 45 grams of sugar every five days. In 2012, Americans consumed 756 grams of sugar every five days.
• Anything ending in “-ose” = sugar
• Our bodies deal with sugar in two different ways: either it will be used as energy or converted to fat and stored in fat cells.
• Our bodies can become addicted to sugar. Sugary foods can be as physiologically addictive as many drugs.
• When you overload on sugary foods, it may alter the parts of the brain that control how much you eat.
The Cycle: When you eat sugar, it is turned into glucose in your bloodstream and your blood sugar levels spike. To make energy, your body needs to move glucose out of the bloodstream and into your cells. In order for this to happen, your pancreas makes insulin. As a result, your blood sugar level may suddenly drop. Low blood sugar leaves you feeling shaky, dizzy, tired, and searching for more sweets to regain that sugar high.
If you have not guessed already, my first piece of advice to someone who wants to lose weight would be to cut out sugar. By sugar, I mean ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, juices, sports drinks, pop, candy, etc. If you want to go a step further, eliminate “simple” carbs like bread, chips, and pasta. These simple carbs affect your body the same way sugary foods do.
So stop eating sugar, you’re already sweet enough!
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