September 20, 2016 6 min read
Sugar: the white death. The processed poison. The toxic threat. In the last 20 years, we have increased our sugar intake from 26 pounds a year to 180 pounds of sugar per year today. This is not surprising, as sugar takes on many forms, and the sucrose, dextrose, and high-fructose corn syrup now found in a wide variety of foods are making their way into the bellies of the unsuspecting public through processed products and even foods you wouldn’t expect to contain sugar.
In her book Discover the Power of Food, Janet Jacks states: “Of course, most of us are aware that we, as a society, are eating too much sugar. When we look statistics squarely in the eye, the trend is staggering: the average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. And the average child? Even more, at 32 teaspoons a day. Over the last decade, sugar consumption jumped 23%. Since 1900, it has increased by 3000%. And, it seems, there is no end in sight.”
We’re going to start looking at sugar closely: why it’s so dangerous, what it can do to your health, and 10 shocking reasons that may make you want to avoid the white substance for good.
While years ago we consumed much less white sugar, today, it’s in a multitude of foods, especially processed, fast, and fake foods. From salad dressings and sauces to packaged baked goods and even to the “healthy” smoothies you get from fast food drive-thrus, sugar is almost everywhere around us. (Don’t worry: the smoothies we make at Goodness Me! are free of added sugar and artificial sweeteners!)
In fact, as Janet Jacks states in Discover the Power of Food, “a can of soda pop contains nine to ten teaspoons of sugar, while a giant 64-ouncer you might find at the movie theater has 53 teaspoons. These shocking excesses play havoc not only with your blood sugar, but also with your metabolism that must process all that sugar.” Still want to drink that can of pop?
You might think that kicking the sugar habit is difficult, since it is in so many packaged foods. The key here, though, is to enjoy natural, whole foods: produce, meats, raw cheeses, certain grains and legumes, beans, and other foods that you would find in their natural state–foods that even our great, great, great, great, great grandparents enjoyed. These foods are naturally free of refined white sugar, and will do our bodies a world of good. That’s why at Goodness Me!, we commit to a 100% refined-sugar-free environment, period.
So, if we’re getting rid of sugar, what can we replace it with? Sucanat, coconut sugar, maple syrup, raw honey, and steviaare all great, healthier sweetener options. And you don’t need a lot! Once you start cutting out the foods that contain sugar, and using these more natural sources, you’ll start using less and your taste for sweetness will adjust, almost like magic. Try them out! We have lots of recipes on our blog that use these natural sweeteners.
If you’re still not convinced that sugar does not have a place in your diet, here are 10 reasons why you should kick it to the curb. Note that there are actually hundreds more reasons – these are just 10 that we thought are the most important. Have you kicked your sugar habit? What benefits did you notice?
There you have it – 10 reasons to kick sugar to the curb today. There are so many more reasons, which you can ask us about or read about on our blog here, but the point of the matter is: avoid sugar. Replace it with healthier alternatives. And enjoy the health that follows!
Katie has worked in the natural health & wellness industry for over 10 years and is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is passionate about eating #feelgood food and recognized that this might look different for each and every person. She truly believes that in a healthy lifestyle, you can have your cake and eat your kale, too! Follow her on Instagram @katielmitts
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