We all know by now that high fructose corn syrup is terrible for our mind/body and have hopefully removed it from our diets. But what are you doing about added sugar? An excessive intake of cane sugar is just as bad and could be the root cause of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other fatal diseases. If you want to live a long and healthy life, consider laying off cane sugar; there are many other ways to make your days sweet.
Were you aware that one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains the equivalent of about 10 teaspoons of sugar? It is so easy to overindulge, especially when it comes to liquid calories. Incidental sugar, mostly in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is everywhere in American consumer life, and not just where we expect it, such as soft drinks and sweet treats, but packaged products like sauces, soups, and salad dressings are also jammed with added sugar that serves no nutritional benefit whatsoever.
The World Health Organization advises no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily for both adults and children. Even if you think choosing a product sweetened with sugar is a better choice, as a natural alternative to the more processed HFCS, you must read the label closely to see just how much has been added. We need to be more mindful of the relationship between cane sugar and heart disease, and restructure how we eat and drink.
It’s interesting to look at how the body processes sugar. Most sugars are composed of the molecules glucose and fructose in varying ratios. Glucose can be metabolized by any cell in the body, whereas fructose is handled almost exclusively by the liver. And while your liver may not know whether you ate an apple or drank a can of soda, the way the fructose is processed is affected by the other components of said piece of fruit — fiber, for example.
Nutritionists explain that fiber slows the rate at which sugar is digested and absorbed. It is therefore almost impossible to get too much sugar from naturally occurring sources, such as fruit. When you drink a can of soda you get the full impact of sugar all at once. The liver converts fructose into fat, and it’s those triglycerides that trigger a reduction in HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.
And it isn’t only the specter of a heart attack that should change how much sugar you consume. There is also obesity, diabetes, and a host of other diseases to consider. Aging well requires making better choices. You can improve your health by reaching for a snack of fruit – not juice – or almonds, or even hard-boiled eggs. Ditch the processed junk, the fast food, the snacks, and read the labels on foods you think of as better choices. It’s always a better option to eat whole foods and cook from scratch with real ingredients. Food should be a pleasure and a balm, but it must be consumed mindfully and with the bad in moderation.
If you want to make a plan for eating better and aging well, contact us at Evolved Medical for a free consultation. We want you to savor every day of this sweet, fleeting life.