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Sugar in our food

by | Apr 3, 2019 | Diabetes, Insulin, Obesity, Sugar | 0 comments

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Sugar, what is it?

Sugar is a carbohydrate, the body converts these carbohydrates into energy for the body to use. Sugar is mostly naturally occurring within our food and drinks but it is also added to lots of manufactured, processed food and drinks to make it taste better.

When we think of sugar we usually think of the white stuff that we put in our tea or coffee, we never think about the sugar that is added into our food, yet we are consuming sometimes huge amounts of it every single day without even realising it.

Insulin

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas to control blood sugars within the body. Every time we eat a high carbohydrate food like bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and junk food our blood sugar rises.

The body automatically tries to bring blood sugars back to normal and it does this by producing insulin. If you continue to eat high carbohydrate food the insulin that your body produces starts to become less and less effective.

It may take as long as ten years of consuming a high sugar diet before you start to notice any ill effects but trust me it will happen. It’s like a slow poison and over that time you are causing untold damage to the body and some of it is likely irreversible.

Once the insulin that our bodies produce stops responding it leads to

  • Insulin resistance
  • Prediabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes

All of the above is totally reversible and not lifelong illnesses like we have been led to believe, these illnesses are created purely by consuming too much sugar in our food and drinks. If you stop consuming large amounts of sugar you can reverse these conditions in just a matter of weeks.

Carbohydrates

When we choose the food that makes up our everyday diet we need to look at the carbohydrate content of that food, we need to remember that the body converts these carbohydrates into sugar once you have eaten it.

You may think that eating rice is fine but 150g of rice contains a whopping ten teaspoons of sugar! You wouldn’t drink a cup of tea with ten teaspoons of sugar but we are unknowingly eating that amount in our food every day. oh but its naturally occurring sugar so it’s fine. actually, the body doesn’t differentiate between a natural sugar or a man-made sugar it reacts to it in exactly the same way.

Diabesity

We have an obesity and disease epidemic, why? Because over the last few decades as manufacturing processes have come into effect and fast-food restaurants have popped up we have swapped out our natural ancestral diet for one that animals use to fatten themselves up for winter.

Food is often scarce during the wintertime so animals naturally eat higher carb food to get them through times when food was few and far between, yet we are now doing it every single day by eating large amounts of high carbohydrate food.

The problem with eating high carbohydrate food every day is that is has an unwanted side effect that affects our hormones. Carbohydrates turn off the satiety hormone and switch on the hunger hormones.

Have you ever eaten a huge cooked dinner and then have a craving for a dessert, even though you are full to the brim? that’s because carbohydrates make you more hungry even when you are not. this carbohydrate hunger will eventually lead to increased weight gain and sooner or later disease.

Carbohydrates = sugar

  1. Sugar causes an insulin response
  2. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone
  3. Insulin shunts fat into the fat cells

Sugar and fat combined = disease and obesity and this is why we have such a huge obesity epidemic.

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