Unstable blood sugar often leads to mood swings, (we can see that in our children after Halloween) fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, foggy head, yeast infections, bloating, and cravings for more sugar. Regular consumption of sugar set’s us up for a cycle of addiction in which every new hit makes you feel better temporarily but, a few hours later, results in more cravings. Those of us who avoid sugar often report having little or no cravings for sweet things and feeling emotionally balanced and energized.
Sweet cravings often indicate an already existing imbalance, and the presence of yeast/candida in the body which demands (as an organism) even more sugar to feed itself.
1. Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and many different forms of cancer.
2. Sugar interferes with immune function. It sets us up for an more acidic environment which breeds bacteria and yeast. You can catch a cold, repeated sinus infections or the flu much easier if your body’s immune response is compromised.
3. A high-sugar diet often results in chromium and vitamin B deficiency.
If you consume a lot of sugar and other refined carbohydrates, you probably don’t get enough of the trace mineral chromium, and one of chromium’s main functions is to help regulate blood sugar.
4. Sugar causes tooth decay.
5. Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease.
6. Sugar affects behavior and cognition in children, confirmed by millions of parents
7. Sugar takes the place of important nutrients.
According to USDA data, people who consume the most sugar have the lowest intakes of essential nutrients––especially vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B-12, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Ironically, those who consume the most sugar are children and teenagers, the individuals who need these nutrients most12.
Finding Added Sugars which are in most foods these days.
Naturally occurring sugars, found in dairy products or in fruit or vegetables, for instance, are an organic part of the food, and they are perfectly acceptable.
Added sugars lurk in many foods and not just in the form of sucrose (table sugar). Added sugar is often disguised with misleading names in packaged foods. These include cane sugar and evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, beet sugar or any other ingredient ending in “sugar,” as well as syrups (or syrup solids) such as maple, corn or cane. Many ingredients ending in “ose” are also sugars, although exceptions include sucralose and cellulose. If you see fructose listed instead of fruit, for example, even though that sugar has a natural source, you’ll know it’s an added ingredient you should limit your exposure to ..Brown sugar, Cane syrup, Corn sweetener, Corn syrup, Dextrose, Fructose, Fruit juice concentrate, Galactose, Glucose, High-fructose corn syrup, Honey, Invert sugar, Lactose, Malt, Maltose, Malt syrup, Maple syrup, Molasses, Raw sugar, Rice syrup, Sucrose…
Using cinnamon, orange oil, cloves and other spices adds a naturally sweet flavor to foods. Also once ones taste buds have gotten used to a sugar free diet, many foods taste sweet, like beets, carrots, millet, etc..
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