By Karen Cioffi
Whether you’re in the children’s group, the teen group, the 20s, 30s, 40s group, or you’re in an older group, there are certain foods that are downright unhealthy for you.
In this ‘unhealthy’ category are processed foods, junk food, fatty foods, and GMOs (genetically modified foods). But, the #1 food that should be avoided or at least eaten in very moderate amounts is . . . sugar.
The #1 Food to Avoid is Sugar
According to Henry Lee, a Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist in practice for over 35 years, sugar is very harmful. He explains that eating sugar weakens your immune system; in fact, it plays havoc on your immune system and produces inflammation in the body, among other harmful effects.
Dr. Mercola concurs with this, “Science has now shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food is taking a devastating toll on your health.” Once you eat fructose, it turns into fat that’s deposited throughout your body. But, even more dangerous is fructose elevates uric acid, causing other reactions within the body. This causes higher blood pressure and also “leads to chronic, low-level inflammation.” This chronic inflammation contributes toward heart attacks, strokes, and possibly cancer. (1)
The problem in avoiding sugar is it’s now in just about everything. Sugar, including high fructose corn syrup is in:
- Processed foods, including breakfast cerealsBaked goods
- Soft drinks
- Cold cuts
- Many cheeses
- Juice and sports drinksInfant formula
This is just a tiny sampling of the foods that contain some form of sugar. It doesn’t mention the sugar added to foods in restaurants and fast food places. And, it’s frightening and appalling that food manufacturers are adding this harmful ingredient in foods for infants, babies, and toddlers.
Are All Sugars the Same?
All sugars aren’t the same and it’s important to know the differences as some are more harmful than others.
Intrinsic or simple sugars are those that are found naturally in honey, sugar beets, sugar cane, fruits, vegetables, and other natural sources.
These sugars are known as glucose, dextrose, and fructose.
Extrinsic sugar (or added sugar) refers to sucrose or other refined sugars that are ADDED to beverages and foods. This type of sugar includes high fructose corn syrup. These are sugars added to foods and beverages by food manufacturers. It’s also the sugar added by chefs and cooks to the foods they’re preparing.
Another label for extrinsic sugar is ‘free sugars.’
Then there are sugar substitutes, such as sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame. There are sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and sorbitol. And, there are products like agave syrup.
How Much Sugar Should You Be Eating?
Due to its concern over the ‘sugar epidemic’ and its effect on the public, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new draft guideline for sugar consumption earlier this year.
In a Huffington Post article, “Eating Sugar Causes Massive Health Problems,” it states that WHO is prompting people to reduce their ‘free’ sugar to 10% of their daily calorie intake.
To get an idea of the significance of 10 percent, in ‘trend’ research noted by Dr. Mercola, in 2009, over 50 percent of Americans consumed half-a-pound of sugar a day. That’s A LOT of sugar!
The new WHO guidelines would have adults cutting their sugar intake to six teaspoons a day. There’s more sugar than that in just one can of soda.
And, for children, the guidelines suggest no more than 3 teaspoons of sugar a day.
Is this even possible with the American diet?
What’s a Person to Do?
There are several steps you can take to help reduce the amount of sugar you and your family intake:
- The first course of action is to become familiar with the harmful sugar names.
- With this knowledge, you need to READ the ingredient labels on the foods you buy.
- Limit the amount of food you eat out.
- Keep informed on healthy eating tips.
- Buy and eat organic foods.
- Limit the amount of sugar-filled foods and beverages you consume.
- Learn of healthier ‘sweet’ options, such as using honey and Stevia.
For a comprehensive article that covers all the health dangers of sugar, read “Fructose – This Addictive Commonly Used Food.”
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