The SKINNY ON SUGAR!

SUGAR!!!  Sugar is everywhere and it is detrimental to achieving that lean physique that you may be working towards.  If you are just starting your fitness journey or are on to those last 5 lbs its really important to pay attention to the amount of sugar that you are consuming.  Not all sugar comes in the form of white crystals know as table sugar?  Sugar is also found in your breads, fruits and potatoes for example. 
Did you know that sugar is also know as a carbohydrate?  There are 3 types of sugars:
1.  Monosaccharides-simple sugars (including glucose and fructose found in fruit, corn, syrup and honey).

2.  Disaccharides-complex sugars (includes sucrose, lactose and maltose, found in table sugar, milk and beer respectively).
3.  Polysaccharides- complex sugars (includes starches from plant sources found in grains, legumes and veggies).

You need a certain amount of carbohydrates each day to fuel your brain.  You need a certain amount of glucose because it is the preferred fuel source of the brain.  Did you ever notice that foggy feeling you get when you are low on carbs?  That's your brain in a sugar slump.  Complex carbohydrate fuel is a necessary source of non fattening energy.  But when you consume it in excess amounts your body will convert it to fat and store it in your tissue!  SCARY RIGHT!!!  So too much fruit or carbohydrates can actually cause you to gain weight or not lose weight.

Did you know that a teaspoon of table sugar may cause the same glycemic reaction as a potato?  So why eat a potato instead of a teaspoon of sugar?  Sugar is a pure substance, but it is an anti-nutrient, containing nothing of use toward building and maintaining a healthy body.  A potato, on the other hand contains, fiber, vitamins and minerals which contribute significantly to human health.  The potato is the entire package while sugar is but one element.  Think about how much sugar you would have to eat to get the same filling effect of a potato?

Carbohydrates consumed from vegetables, grains and legumes will contain many more nutrients than a teaspoon of table sugar because their delivery system is complete.

Why you should not eat sugar and fun facts?!
Types of Sweeteners

Hidden Sugars
Types of Artificial Sweeteners
Healthier Sweetener options
Bottom line!  If you are craving something sweet, grab an apple, orange or other juicy fruit!  I kill my sugar cravings with 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1 orange sliced with some slivered almonds!!  The juice from the orange just kicks that sweet tooth!  If I need some chocolate, then I reach for my chocolate Shakeology!!!

If you are serious about your diet and your HEALTH!!  Then you will consider finding ways to cut some if not all sugar from your diet.  It contributes to abdominal fat, insulin sugar spikes and just general feelings of blahhh!!!  

Funny  Video by Tosca Reno on Eating Sugar!  It truly is addicting, the more you eat the more you crave it!
  
 

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