I am a massive fan of the Allen’s party mix, a huge fan of a Killer Python and a reformed addict of Jelly Babies all of which are loaded with one common thing… SUGAR
SUGAR, its addictive, its fattening and the average person consumes about 24 kilograms of sugar a year and we wonder why we are all putting on weight…
So BEWARE of the clever marketing labels stating 99% fat free as it’s more likely too be loaded with sugar or a name you may not be familiar with, sucrose, lactose, maltose, or dextrose.
Sugar as defined by WIKIPEDIA is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose and galactose. The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose, a disaccharide. (In the body, sucrose hydrolyses into fructose and glucose.) Other disaccharides include maltose and lactose. Longer chains of sugars are called oligosaccharides. Chemically different substances may also have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugars.
YOUR BODIES REACTION TO SUGAR AND “WHY” ITS ADDICTIVE
The SUGAR ADDICTION circle…
- YOU EAT SUGAR – YOU LIKE IT, YOU CRAVE IT, IT HAS ADDICTIVE PROPERTIES
- BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS SPIKE – DOPAMINE IS RELEASED IN THE BRAIN = ADDICTION, MASS INSULIN SECRETED TO DROP BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
- BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS FALL RAPIDLY – HIGH INSULIN LEVELS CAUSE IMMEDIATE FAT STORAGE, BODY CRAVES THE LOST SUGAR “HIGH”
- HUNGER AND CRAVING – LOW BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS, CAUSE INCREASE IN APPETITE AND CRAVINGS, THUS THE CYCLE IS REPEATED
EASY WAYS TO REDUCE SUGAR by Sarah Wilson – The author of ‘How I Quit Sugar’
- Avoid all sugary drinks. This includes soft drinks (did we even need to mention that one?), fruit juices, energy drinks, vitamin water, sports drinks and sugar-laden smoothies.
- Give all added sugars the flick. Whether this your nightly ice cream, dessert or your three coffees a day. It all adds up.
- Don’t forget the hidden sugars like dried fruit, muesli, and raw ‘healthy’ desserts.
- Don’t replace sugar with equally bad alternatives. Most sugar substitutes are as high or higher in sugar than regular table sugar.
- #JERF. Yep, we love an acronym, especially when it means Just Eat Real Food. We’re not into any of this artificial business. Simply put, JERF means eat the food your grandma would recognise – no junk.
- Crowd out with nutrient dense foods. First and foremost fill your diet with foods that are deeply nutritious. Eating your veggies, good fats and protein won’t leave room for any processed sugary stuff.
- Keep it interesting. Mix it up, and find ways to add some fun into your meals.
So give it a go, reduce or cut down on your sugar intake and watch your dress sizes or trousers go down!