S is for Sugar and Sweeteners

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NUTRITION TIP THURSDAY

S | Sugar and Sweeteners

by Lindsey Herr

Carbohydrates are broken down through digestion into simple sugars that our body can use as fuel for keeping the body functioning properly. Carbohydrates are also stored in the liver and muscles for later use. Check out this article on carbohydrates to learn more. Today we are focusing on sugars - natural and unnatural.

Found in:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Added, Unnatural, Sugars

Natural Sources

Fruit, honey, agave, dairy, brown sugar, raw sugar, molasses, maple syrup, coconut sugar, rice malt syrup

Unnatural Sources

Baked goods, ketchup, pasta sauce, salad dressing, marinades, sandwich bread, peanut butter, crackers, most “fat free” or “low-fat” items, cereal, granola bars, protein bars, soda and other sweetened beverages, coffee creamer, and many more

Consequences of Added Sugar

  • Increased risk for obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, gallstones, ulcers
  • Promotes wrinkling and aging skin
  • Tooth decay
  • Causes severe drop in energy levels
  • Empty calories
  • Increases sugar cravings often leading to addiction
  • Can result in binging behavior
  • Feeds candida (systemic fungal infection)
  • And many more!

Kicking the Habit

  • Replace all added, refined sugars with natural sources containing more sustaining nutrients such as protein and fiber.
    • Fruit, Greek yogurt, etc.
  • Eliminate foods with hidden sugars
    • Salad dressings, marinara sauce, marinades, peanut butters, etc.
  • Push through for as long as it takes to completely eliminate the cravings
  • Believe you CAN do it!

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