The Low-Down on Your Diet’s Worst Offender
Don’t you love it when a documentary like Fed Up comes out and gets you to see things with a whole new perspective? Sugar is indeed getting a bad rap lately, and I think it’s all for good reason. In fact, I’d argue that it’s probably the most important thing to remove from your diet.
Now when I say sugar, I’m really referring to refined sugar or processed sugar. So we’re talking about the stuff that’s added to food, not the kind that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables.
With all this in mind let’s use these 7 deadly truths about sugar to take our knowledge of food to the next level. Knowing more about hidden sugars and how to eliminate them from your diet could make a pretty massive impact on your waistline and overall health.
7 Serious Reasons to Remove Sugar from Your Diet
- Refined Sugar Isn’t So Simple
The first truth about sugar is that it’s actually made up of 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Table sugar, the white stuff that’s added to food, is called sucrose, but it’s essentially this combination of glucose and fructose. The problem is that your body processes these 2 ingredients very differently, which can have a number of side effects that I’ll explain below.
- Fructose is Basically Fat
This isn’t entirely true, but unlike glucose which is used by our cells for energy, fructose gets transferred to the liver. Once there, some of it is stored for energy while the rest gets turned into fat. With too much sugar in your diet, you end up with a lot of extra fat that never gets burned off.
- Fructose is Toxic for the Liver
New research is showing that too much fructose in your diet is linked to a number of diseases, including heart disease, fatty-liver disease, obesity, and insulin resistance. Think about all the sugars hidden in cereals, sauces, and almost anything you buy that is in some way processed