Pour Some Sugar……Down the Drain
Sugar seems to have one huge benefit. It’s delicious. But it can also be highly addictive. And, some say that it is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet, in the same category as cocaine, caffeine, and opioids. It can contribute to diabetes, tooth decay, poor nutrition, obesity, and more. In its natural state, sugar is a relatively harmless—even necessary—carbohydrate that our bodies need to function. It’s found in fruits, vegetables, and dairy known as fructose or lactose. The problem sugars come when it is added to foods during processing for added flavor, texture, or color.
But let’s not concentrate on the all the negative side effects of sugar. Instead, let’s look at the positive things that can happen when you lower or eliminate sugar from your diet.
Younger Looking Skin
The sugar in your diet affects your bloodstream and can hinder the repair of your skin’s collagen, the protein that keep your skin looking plump. Slashing your sugar intake can help lessen sagging skin and other visible signs of aging.
Sugars are considered carbohydrates so once sugar is metabolized, you crash! Eating more protein and healthy fats will supply you with a steadier stream of energy that lasts longer.
Belly Fat Melts Away
You may not realize how dangerous belly fat (visceral fat) really is. The fat cells deep in the abdomen generate chemical troublemakers that can travel to your organs and blood vessels which in return can contribute to heart disease and cancer. So cutting back on sugar should reduce your belly fat and lessen the risk of these other conditions.
Drop Pounds Faster
Replacing sugary foods in our diet with healthy fats and protein will keep your insulin stable and therefore fewer calories get stored as fat. As a result your metabolism speeds up and you can lose weight with a lot less struggle.
No More Ticking Time Bomb
Cutting back on sugar will also help with good heart health! A recent study revealed that people who consume 20% of sugar in their daily diet, has a 38% chance of a higher risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who eat less sugar in their diet.
Diabetes Risk is Lowered
A diet with lots of fast-digesting carbohydrates like sugar requires the pancreas to release lots of insulin. This excessive demand can cause insulin producing cells eventually leading to diabetes.
As always, balance and variety in a diet is the most important thing for people to remember when trying to eat a low sugar diet.