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Sugar: The Addiction We Love!

Revolution Wellness recommends a low sugar diet for everyone.  Consequently, one must get through a difficult addiction in a way that makes sense to each individual person.  If you currently consume a lot of sugar, don’t quit cold turkey!  It probably won’t work for you.  Make these changes slowly over time until you find you’ve reduced the amount you consume. Certainly, eating sugar isn’t unhealthy but eating too much is. Knowing what it does to your body and how much you actually consume every day will give you the motivation to consume less…starting now.

What does sugar do to the body?

In laboratory experiments with rats, scientists showed that signs of sugar dependence developed over the course of only 10 days. Which shows that it does not take long before the starve-binge behavior catches up with animals, making them dependent. There is something about this combination of heightened opioid and dopamine responses in the brain that leads to dependency. Without these neurotransmitters, the animal begins to feel anxious and wants to eat sweet food again.why these cravings exist, it could identify a dependency. If you’re cutting down on sugar, take it slowly.

Do not consume fructose in excessive amounts.

Fructose (yes the sugar in fruit) has a hepatotoxin and is also metabolized directly by the liver into fat. These factors can cause a whole host of problems that can have far-reaching effects on your health.

The effects of too much sugar or fructose can be likened to the effects of alcohol. The fructose you eat gets shuttled to the only organ that has the transporter for it: your liver. This severely taxes and overloads the organ, leading to potential liver damage. Plus, it tricks your body into gaining weight and affects your insulin and leptin signaling.

Fructose fools your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system.   It fails to stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone.” Fructose causes leptin to stimulate which is  “the satiety hormone.” And in the end, you to eat more and develop insulin resistance.

What is important to do today, is to stop drinking soda and juices because you get absolutely nothing else with it except for the sugar and salt.

While other sugary items—such as a slice of cake or a donut—are no shining examples of nutrition, they at least contain some nutrients that will help to alert your brain that you’re actually eating.

Fructose-heavy soda and juices won’t do this, so it’s best to just cut it out entirely. This may be the hardest thing for some of you but the most important. Cutting it out will make it easier to stop eating too much sugar (or anything, really), because you’ll be taking in far fewer calories that will go unnoticed by your brain.

Sugar causes metabolic dysfunction.

Eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL cholesterol levels, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure.

Sugar increases uric acid levels.

High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease.

Like most anything, sugar isn’t all that bad for you in moderation. The problem with sugar is that it’s in practically EVERYTHING.  Therefore, as long as you pay attention to what you’re eating and you don’t overdo it, sugar can be a pleasant part of your life with few to no issues. The important thing is that you know what you’re consuming and make good choices as a result. The answer to this problem isn’t groundbreaking, but just a matter of paying attention.

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