Heal Your Gut | Avoid Sugar

Sugar is a pervasive problem in our culture’s standard diet. It has been proven that sugar contributes to anxiety, depression and hyperactivity. Sugar can also inhibit your ability to think clearly.

When you consume too much sugar, you “crowd out” other foods that provide important nutrients, such as fruits and vegetables. This can be especially bad for children and teenagers who need nutrients for proper growth. For example, if a child chooses soda over milk she is missing out on vitamin D and calcium, both of which are essential for bone health.

Yeast loves sugar. (Click here to learn why this is a problem.) And yes, sugar seems to be in everything these days. Start reading your labels and familiarize yourself with the other names for sugar that appear on those labels.

Here they are for a quick reference:

barley malt

beet sugar

brown sugar

buttered syrup

cane-juice crystals

cane sugar

caramel

carob syrup

corn syrup

corn syrup solids

date sugar

dextran

dextrose

diatase

diastatic malt

ethyl maltol

fructose

fruit juice

fruit juice concentrate

glucose

glucose solids

golden sugar

golden syrup

grape sugar

high-fructose corn syrup

honey

invert sugar

lactose

malt syrup

maltodextrin

maltose

mannitol

molasses

raw sugar

refiner’s syrup

sorbitol

sorghum syrup

sucrose

sugar

turbinado sugar

yellow sugar

If you are already feeling overwhelmed, stop. Take a deep breath. Remember, ease into the elimination of sugar. Take baby steps. Start by at least avoiding anything that says “syrup” or ends in “ose”. Or, only buy items that are sweetened with natural fruit juice.

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