Sunday, September 12, 2010

SUGAR, not as sweet as it sounds

My husband and I have been undergoing a very interesting experiment that I want to share with you. The results are amazing... He started at the beginning of the year, I started about one month ago. Just by omitting obvious and high percentages of sugar in our food intake (still eating the same and doing the same exercise routines,) he has lost 10 lbs, I have lost 4 lbs; also our BMI's are 12 (him) and 19 (me.) I am not writing this blog to make you change your lifestyle but to give you information about an ingredient that might be contributing (and not in a good way) to your weight, swing moods, asthma...

Though sugar has been around for about several thousands years, it is now more than ever, that we start understanding how bad this ingredient is for human health. Sugar is an unnatural chemical devastating to our health, made by industrial processes. It becomes unnatural after stripping away all the vitamins, proteins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients. Studies show that the average American ingests about 135 lbs of sugar per year. Is proven that sugar does more damage to the body than any poison or drug. Sugar contributes to tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease, depression, anxiety, can make it difficult to lose weight and even CANCER. Eating sugar won't cause cancer, it is the increase in insulin and growth hormones that will promote the growth of cancer cells. The main cause for premature aging is, excesses of sugar.

The guidelines say that a healthy intake of sugar is 32 grams (about 8 teaspoons) of our total calories for the day. I recommend you start looking at labels more often since there is sugar in everything, form Ketchup to cereal. Don't forget, we do want to get sugar from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables. A great, if not the best, substitute for sugar is AGAVE. Here is a link for this fantastic plant

In conclusion, sugar of any kind and form is BAD for our health, the results long term are catastrophic. By experience, I can assure you that, eliminating sugar from your diet can work wonders on your body, try it, I dare you (smiley face)