Who doesn’t love Sugar? I know most of us do. It’s so yummy! So back in the day, the biggest worry about to much sugar was your teeth. When I was a kid no one ever spoke about weight gain or other maladies caused by sweet treats. That was then and this is now. And what we know today is that this substance is addictive and extremely over -used as well as very unhealthy for all of us.
I would like to start a series of short entries about sugar and what the problems are with this sweet fan favorite.
As Americans, we consume a tremendous amount of sugar. Statistics say we eat on average 33 teaspoons of sugar a day. That equals about 100 lbs annually! Much of this sugar is hidden in the foods we eat. Some of it is not hidden at all. Some of it, we simply just eat, knowing it is going to harm us. That is an addiction and a problem if we do this without concern and moderation.
Blood sugar 101:
So how does sugar impact your body? So let’s say you are having a lunch of a turkey sandwich. As soon as you stop eating your body starts breaking down the carbohydrates- the lettuce, tomato, and whole wheat bread ( hopefully) into glucose. Because glucose is a type of carbohydrate- a sugar. The glucose races through your blood stream prompting your Pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin takes the glucose in your cells and out of your bloodstream and delivers it to your cells. Insulin also helps convert the protein and fat into fuel. But make no mistake Glucose is number one as the most useful form of energy. It is your brains favorite and most helpful fuels. So what’s the big deal? Sounds like it’s good to eat sugar right? Wrong.
If you eat a lot of sugar over time your body will become insulin resistant. This is also known as a prediabetic state. This causes your pancreas to slow down and not make enough insulin to get the job done. If you continue your over consumption of sugar you will put yourself at a higher risk for diabetes. You also significantly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
So stop eating your weight in sugar, you’re sweet enough!