We get so many questions on sugar but we hate to make sweeping assumptions that one food or substance is the root of all evil! I usually leave the nutrition talking to Tiffany, our weight loss director, however, you can’t watch the news or read a fitness or health magazine and think that sugar isn’t at least contributing to America’s Obesity epidemic! So, let’s take a look!
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To clear this up a bit let’s look at some science! Blood Sugar is a sticky substance that coats the red blood cells. If left in the bloodstream (instead of being burned as energy) the particles will start to stick to the cells interfering with blood circulation. Naturally occurring sugars are broken down and used for energy. However too much “added sugar” can lead to:
Suppression of your immune system: Free radicals can cause a lot of damage in healthy cells and lead to many illnesses of the body. Research has shown that white blood cells are less efficient at fighting illness when exposed to sugar.
Diabetes/ High blood pressure: Due to the interfered blood circulation this causes high blood pressure (forcing the blood through the body at above normal levels of pressure). Your body will also become less efficient at regulating blood sugar (glucose) levels due to spikes and drops in insulin release. These conditions can lead to: heart attack, stroke, eye conditions, nerve damage, and kidney damage.
Excess Weight: Sugar in the blood that is too much for the body to consume completely is stored as fat. Too much fat in the body can lead to obesity, and obesity is known to trigger diabetes and heart disease.
Wrinkled skin/aging: Refined carbohydrates such as white bread and other white flour products are high in sugar and will cause an inflammation of the skin. This in turn creates high levels of free radicals which attack the collagen that keeps the skin stay firm. Without enough of this collagen, you will start to notice wrinkles. When we eat too much sugar, the process called glaciation can occur. When this happens, some of the sugar we consume sticks to the proteins in our body, causing our body tissues to lose their elasticity. It is not just our skin that is affected, but also our internal organs. The faster that the body loses its elasticity, the faster aging occurs.
Attached is a great handout we use at Ellipse to help clear up some of the questions on sugar. (Click this link to download attachment) I think the most important thing to watch is ADDED sugar, like in soda or juice. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits, etc wouldn’t get such a bad wrap if we were controlling our consumption in other areas! Let me know if you agree, or what you do to regulate the added sugars in your diet!
I’m not sure how scientific this picture is, as I saw it on Facebook, BUT—it does make you think of a FEW ways to cut back on the white stuff!
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