Who doesn’t love sugar? And even if you don’t love sugar, it’s out there in so many of our foods. Sugar is sweet and yummy. But is something so good, really good for you?
Sugar is a major culprit in high obesity rates and the rising diagnosis for diabetes. If you’re not fat and you don’t have diabetes, then sugar isn’t a problem, right? Wrong.
Sugar also plays a role in premature aging. Science supports this fact. We all understand that sweets can contribute to weight gain, but the idea that sugar ages one prematurely is a little more difficult to understand. Sugar seems like a harmless treat, but doctors and scientists are saying, “not so fast.”
Sugar contributes to wrinkles, sagging skin, a loss of resilience, that tired look, along with the development and exacerbation of many chronic age-related diseases on the inside. The overindulgence of sugar can affect the kind of collagen you have. The collagen becomes more fragile and is subject to wrinkling.
You may often hear: I’m not big on sweets. However, become a label reader. Sugar is in many foods you might not think of containing sugar and sugar is found in many forms. Honey, molasses, sucrose, dextrose are all sugars. Corn, tomato sauce, ketchup, breads often contain some form of sugar. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of sugars and lots of foods containing sugar.
While weaning yourself off sugar may not be so easy, it isn’t impossible. If you can rid your body of sugar, you’ll feel better and look better. At first it may be difficult, but once a few days have passed, the sugar craving will become a thing of the past.
Eliminate the obvious. Say good-by to cakes, cookies, candies, and ice cream. If cold turkey seems too harsh, then go slowly. However, keep in mind the sooner sugar is gone, the sooner you’ll see and feel the effects.
Become a label reader. Look for those hidden sugars in your foods. If possible, cook from scratch. Processed foods often contain sugar, so check out the packaging before you buy. A diet rich in fruits, such as berries and melons, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, aid in controlling the sugar cravings.
By kicking the sugar habit, you’ll look better and feel better, energizing yourself naturally. The sugar high is brief, but healthy eating habits will contribute to a lifetime of feeling great and looking your best.
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