Friday, 15 August 2014

Why Sugar ain't so sweet..

Humans have been attracted to sugar since the beginning of man kind, and that's because to our ancestors , sweetness was a sign that the food wasn't poisonous and was safe to eat, it also signalled to our brains the food was high in glucose which meant an abundance of energy. This is a natural response to sweet food. 

However all sugars are not equal. The sugar you add to your tea in the morning resembles nothing like its natural state. 
The juice extracted from the plant is boiled, then evaporated until it crystallises, and then spun until the wet juice evaporates leaving solid crystals . This is repeated twice more and then served up to you, so you can go  down a path of sweet tasting foods and a lifetime of health problems. 

'Humans are smart enough to produce their own food, yet dumb enough to eat it' 

But on the other hand , the natural occurring sugars in fruit have the perfect balance of fats ,fiber  or protein to allow the sugar to slowly  enter your bloodstream leaving your blood sugar levels balanced and your cravings at bay.

Sugar casuses your pancreas to secret insulin ,(the hormone that delivers glucose to your bloodstream), if you eat an excess of sugar ( more than 6 teaspoons a day) your chances of becoming 'insulin resistance ' grow. This condition leads to heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. 

I can't stress the dangers of sugar enough. It leads to weight gain, heart problems , diabetes, obesity, addiction, liver problems, cancer and a lot more. 

Honey, agave nectar(vegan)  or stevia are substitutes to help you reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. However looking out for sugar free versions of foods and drinks such as coke zero. Although they contain no sugar or calories , they often contain aspartame or acesulfame k. These are by far the most dangerous artificial calories on the market. It still confuses me how they are currently legal. These are much more harmful than sugar and will damage your body and cause weight gain. I will do another blog post on them in the future. 

Thanks for reading, 
Ciara x

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea for this post! I need to be careful how much sugar I consume! It can be very addictive. I agree people need to be careful drinking zero sugar drinks because aspartame is lethal!!