This little kid must have a fantastic set of sweet teeth and yet he's still smiling!!!
Turns out a sweet tooth is genetic ~ what a shock. Take that you crunchy, salty friends.
We are eating more sugar than ever. We eat 140 pounds of sugar a year, but 10,000 yrs. ago we ate 22 teaspoons a year. Sugar isn't just empty calories...not be a long shot. It is a secret agent that works against your weight loss in a number of different ways (so pay attention, there will be a quiz)
Sugar puts you on a blood sugar roller coaster, where your hunger spikes and crashes.
Sugar disrupts your insulin metabolism.
Sugar raises your stress hormones, which raises the set point to burn off fat.
Sugar feeds yeast, which contributes to yeast overgrowth and sugar craving.
Sugar feeds bad bacteria, which cause your body to extract more calories from the food you eat, store them as fat and create digestive problems including gas and bloating (great!)
Sugar dampens your immune system, which sets you up for more food intolerance.
Sugar makes you better at storing fat (finally something I'm good at)
Sugar creates more cravings: when you eat sweet, you crave sweet.
Sugar depletes nutrients.
So where does all this sugar hide? I know you aren't going head first into the sugar bowel.
Bear with me while I lay out these sneaky ways sugar creeps in. This will have you reading the labels like a hawk.
Cane juice crystals
Corn sweeteners (a whole other blog)
Evaporated cane jouce
Fruit juice concentrate
High-frutose corn syrup
And don't think you can skate by with raisins, I mean after all it's fruit, isn't it? Guess again.
Stress also makes you crave sugar . That's because stress lowers serotonin, the feel-good chemical that helps you fight depression, sleep well, avoid headaches and generally experience optimism, self-confidence and strong self-estseem. It also lowers dopamine, the pleasure chemical that accompanies excitement.
So when you are under stress, you crave both sugar ( to replenish your serotonin) and overall calories (to rev up your dopamine) As a result, stress sets you off on a blood sugar roller coaster. Sweets beget sweets. That's why you can never have "just one" of any sugar.
But your body is very smart so it tries very hard to keep the blood sugar stable. Often it's a losing battle. Your system may become so overloaded that you develop pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome).
And your heath care dollars are spent on diabetes which can not only empty your bank account but can also KILL YOU.
So for your sake and the sake of those you love, start looking for ways to sniff out sugar on all the labels. Say to yourself: Sweets are to taste, not to eat.
And it's not only you who have to worry about the effects of sugar. Think about how much sugar is in pet food. I had a dear cat who died from diabetes and I never saw him eat a brownie.
My next blog will discuss how corn is killing cows.
See you then!
(material for this blog came from "The Virgin Diet" and I recommend it to every one of you.)