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How Sweet It Isn’t-Sugar And Health

How Sweet It Isn’t

Most of us are having a love affair with sugar, in fact the average American alone, consumes over 200 pounds of sugar per year, compared to the 12 pounds consumed in the early 1800’s, and food manufacturers know it. Practically every food on store shelves contains some sugar, which is why it’s important to become more aware of the hidden sources of sugar in our foods. It’s not just the white stuff we put in our coffee and tea, it’s also the sugars in processed foods that we need to look for. They may have a different name, but they’re sugar still the same. Things like corn syrup, fructose, glucose, dextrose, malt syrup and sucrose are all forms of sugar and should be eaten in moderation.
Aside from contributing to potential tooth decay and a wider girth, today’s high sugar diets also affect our blood sugar levels, which may initiate yeast overgrowth, as well as heart disease, adult on-set diabetes, kidney stones and other health conditions. Sugar can also hinder our immune system, and excess sugar is stored as fat in our bodies which can increase our risk of cancer. Look for Wholesome Sweeteners, they offer an array of more healthful sweeteners, many of which are also organic. You can find them online or stores like Whole Foods Market and Wegman’s.
Bottom line — the next time you have a hankering for something sweet, grab an apple or your “sweetie,” whom ever he or she may be.

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