Sugar is Bad, Mmmkay?
When a drug addict doesn’t get their fix, things like irritability, cravings, headaches, and flu-like symptoms may arise. And if you’ve ever tried to ditch sugar, you may realize that your reactions are oddly similar. Red Flag? I’d say so.
And what’s more shocking is the sheer volume of sugar consumed by the average American. According to the CDC, the average American consumers 82 grams of sugar a day! And to put that into a bit more perspective, the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 25 grams per day, and men consume no more than 38 grams...
You may be thinking “I don’t eat that much sugar,” and though you may be outside the average, it is important to understand where sugar is found--oatmeal, flavored yogurt, condiments, salad dressings and pasta sauces, bread, snacks, as well as pretty much everything touted as fat-free.
But is sugar really that bad?
It sure is!
If you trace our modern health dilemmas back to their boom, you will see an evident correlation in the increase of refined sugar and grains and the increase in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Let's put it this way, Back in the early 1800's (before the first recorded incident of heart disease, and WELL before over 1/3 of the US adult population was obese and the leading cause of death was heart disease) the average diet consisted of farm-raised protein like poultry, pigs, and cows; their by-products like butter, eggs, and milk; and farm-grown fruits and veggies. No frozen meals, chips, candy, soda (or the lesser known evils as I mentioned above).
What you WILL see, however, is that their diets were high in healthy (yes healthy, as in full of health benefits) saturated FATS and CHOLESTEROL. *gasp*
If only just for a moment, forget what ya heard your entire life about saturated fat and cholesterol being the bringers of hell--and by hell I mean heart disease and all the other terrible health issues you may associate them with. I will get into the nitty gritty behind the why's of fat and cholesterol being healthy in a later (and much longer) post.
For now, let’s simply take a quick look at the information I've provided. The correlation between the drastic change in the American diet--from homegrown, unprocessed real food, to shelf-stable, sugar-packed, processed trash--and the onset and now epidemic of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
And please, don't simply take my word for it. Do your research. Be your own guinea pig. Question. Read. Understand.
I highly encourage you to watch the documentary Sugar Coated to get a better perspective on why we eat so much sugar, where it is found, and the dire health consequences that are associated with the over consumption it.
I will get more in depth on the health consequences (some may shock you) associated with the overconsumption of sugar I’ve found through my own research and experiences, but let this post serve as a PSA and a brief introduction to my feelings about sugar. And let’s just say they’re pretty horrifying.
You only have one life, one body, and one heart.
Treat them with the respect they deserve. Try counting your sugar intake for just one day--you will probably be shocked at where you find it and in what quantities! Hopefully it will serve as a tool to begin to question what you put into your body as fuel.
Sugar is hidden in a lot of food (another red flag) so make sure you are aware of the nicknames for sugar when reading labels!