SUGAR AND OBESITY
First things first, you can get sick from Sugar with or without the presence of Obesity.
Excessive consumption of Sugar may not manifest itself in your physical appearance (that is why there are people with bad eating habits but are still very petite) but it does not mean they are not or may not suffer the consequences.
We tend to think Fat in foods make us fat, in as much as that is true, sugar is the number one leading cause of Obesity.
Your cells need the Sugar glucose to help your organs function. Most foods contain Sucrose, a type of Sugar that is found naturally in Fruits and Vegetables and added in processed foods . This sugar cannot be used up by the body so it will need to be converted to glucose in the liver first. Your liver can only do so much in such little time, If you overwhelm it with added sugar,majority will be stored as fat and not used up as glucose. This process, if done repetitively will lead to excess weight gain and risks of lifestyle diseases.
In fact a high reduction in consumption of processed sugar intake has been equated to:
- Reduced diabetes
- Reduced heart diseases
- Reduced weight gain
- Reduced risks of certain cancers etc
So what should you do?
- Avoid foods with lots of added sugar i.e sodas, fruit juices, sweets etc they do not aid your body nutritionally at all.
- Eat your fresh fruits in moderation and avoid juicing your fruits too much, it gets rid of fiber that aids in regulating sugar that is released to your system. You can get fat from eating lots of sugary fruits at once
- Eat lots of vegetables
How much sugar will you take out of your diet today?