Sugar creates inflammation in our bodies and has a negative effect on our microbiome – our gut flora. Digestive system and colon have millions of good bacteria and enzymes and they are essential for good digestion. Consuming foods with added sugar could throw these bacteria out of balance and affect both our mental and physical health. Unbalanced microbiome could lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), autoimmune conditions and increased allergies like gluten sensitivity, and in the long-term more serious conditions.
Research has proved that there is no link between Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD) and fat consumption except for trans fats. It has been found that increased sugar consumption increased the risk of CVD. One can of soda has 15 teaspoons of sugar and 8% – 15% of calories consumed come from soft drinks. Sugar consumption has increased from 10 lbs to 152 lbs of sugar per person per year since 1800. Another research shows that consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has also increased our calorie intake by 500kcal per person per day since 1970. These numbers are alarming and are linked to a lot of unexplained conditions and symptoms that people are suffering from.
Some of my clients claim that they hardly consume any sugar. They only associate it with table sugar, which is added to our teas and coffees. However, that is not the case. If you only added a teaspoon or two of sugar to sweeten your drinks you wouldn’t be experiencing the mysterious symptoms like cramps, bloating and brain fog and wouldn’t have any problems losing any excess weight. The sugar that you add to your hot drinks is not going to harm. You should be cautious of the products that have sugar already added to them.
1 teaspoon is 4 grams of sugar. The recommended daily intake of sugar for women is 6 teaspoons, while for men it is 9 teaspoons. If you were only consuming the sugar to sweeten your drinks it would be easy to calculate your daily intake. However a lot of people are not aware of how much sugar they consume daily, because it’s hidden under different names. The obesity epidemic and increased rates of diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and Alzheimers, which scientists are now linking to increased sugar consumption, prove that daily sugar consumption has increased to 23 teaspoons of sugar a day. That is 3 times greater than the recommended daily amount.
Sugar gives us empty calories without nutritional value. If you are trying to lose weight you have to understand that our storage of fat and hunger depends on our diet and not the calorie count. That is why it is important to eat good quality food as it is going to help you balance your hormones and the level of inflammation in your body. If your hormones and inflammation are out of balance they are going to directly affect your health and also create changes in your brain function and your metabolism.
When reading food labels I would recommend to be cautious of products with the words ‘diet’, ‘low-fat’, ‘fat-free’, ‘sugar-free’. These products, even though claim to be a healthier option, will most likely have artificial sweeteners added. In order to make low-fat or fat-free products taste better, manufactures add artificial flavouring, sweeteners or sugars. These additives only add empty calories to our food. They do not turn off our appetite hormone to give a feeling of satiety. This makes us crave more of these foods and causes inflammation in our bodies.