Sugar is a dangerous element of our diet today. It can be found in about 74% of packaged foods, as well as all soft drinks and fruit drinks. Signs of addiction include craving sugar, no control around sugary foods, and over indulgence of sugary foods.
Although the body needs sugar, excess amounts can be extremely detrimental to the body. In class you have learned about the blood spiking due to “simple carbohydrates” which come from pasta, breads, candy bars, cakes, doughnuts, etc. Simple carbohydrates, when consumed, turn into glucose immediately when they enter the body, this is what causes a spike in your bloodstream. Although fruits and vegetables are also simple carbohydrates, because they have fiber and water, the spike in blood is deferred.
To help kill the habit of sweets overloading, here are a few simple tips and tricks to try:
- Eliminate at least one sweet a week from your diet
- Choose “good” sweets like fruits in different ways (frozen or fresh)
- Let protein help curb your sugar cravings
Secret: How much sugar should you be eating a day? 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.