For years, I’ve been hearing the health expert communities discussed about added sugar in our food; but did not get to understand what they were talking about until I did research on plant based foods. I developed an interest on raw foods after reading a book entitled Magic Foods for Better Blood Sugar.
I’ve read that all packaged foods, bottled and canned on the shelves of the grocery stores have added sugar in the ingredients. Different names of sugar, but sugar just the same. The food manufacturers have long ago knew that sugar is addictive; and with that in mind, they flavored their products with so much sugar with profits in their minds.
According to Dr. Mercola’s website, “fructose, a cheap sweetener usually derived from corn, is used in thousands of food products and soft drinks. Excessive fructose consumption can cause metabolic damage and triggers the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.” And the modern population of today take things in excess and food included. Many are into believing that when the food tastes good, it must be good for us. And if they eat at well known quality restaurants, they are eating good stuff. And if it tastes good, there’s quality to what they are eating. They don’t realize that the reason the food products taste good is because of the hidden added sugar in these products. Think about it: most restaurants today use these food products to enhance the taste of the foods they serve. Most of the restaurants and fast food joints used these products sold by food manufacturers. First of all, they are cheap, therefore restaurants and fast food joints can afford to serve big plates of foods loaded with chemicals and hidden sugars.
The same thing with bakery shops or the bakery sections in the supermarkets. Aside from loads of sugar in cakes, pies, doughnuts, cookies and the likes, they used ingredients with added sugars on top of the regular sugar used to make these enticing sweet desserts. And those awesome, fantastic looking breads! Smells so good and delicious with added hidden sugar in them, too!
“Excess fructose consumption is a major contributor to insulin resistance and obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, and other diseases.” as per Mercola’s website has stated. That is scary!
I’ve read that sugar, and in excess in our system turns into fat when stored in our body. Excess sugar intake (simple carbs/simple sugar) is the main culprit of our big bellies and big hips. Of course aside from those bad fats that we ingested that go and stayed in our bloodstreams and get entwined in our arteries, the fat from sugar get there, too and complicate things for our poor bodies. Our little soldier guys, or better known as microbiome communities protecting our gut and organs, that comprised our immune system, work overtime when these added sugar overload that causes body inflammation invades their guarded territories. These small warrior organisms get confused and attack neighboring organs which initiates all kinds of illnesses and diseases. Imagine the overloads and excess in meat products and dairy that we eat, too; aside from the added sugar from all those extra carbs, especially simple sugar. Those poor little guys protecting our gut could not handle the abuse. Health experts said our leaky guts are a sure sign of doomsdays in different parts of our organs, including our brain and our heart.
There sure is hope, if we just learn to know the right food to eat and to know that our body can only take enough food to keep us healthy and know the favored foods that will make those microbiome communities happy and healthy and in turn make us happy and healthy and energetic.
It is so important to get acquainted with all the body’s organs that deal with our food digestion. Knowing them well will give us the armor of protection to guard them and live a longer disease free life. The answer is in our guts.
I like this from Yahoo Health I read today:
When You Give Up Carbs (added sugar/simple sugar) .. Your Belly Gets Flatter
One of the first things you notice when you replace simple carbs with high-fiber foods is that your belly flattens out—literally within days. The reason: Most Americans only take in 15 of the recommended 25 to 38 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine. As a result, the healthy gut microbes that keep us lean have less to munch on, and the unhealthy microbes—which feast on sugar—take over. Those are the little buggers that cause bloating, and make your belly look bigger than it actually is. “Bumping up fiber can help promote healthy regularity,” says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition.