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:
corn syrup solids
fruit juice concentrate
high-fructose corn syrup
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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