I love sugar; who doesn’t?
Here are some facts about it:-
It has no nutritional value.
It causes wrinkles. Too much of it it can cause
a process known as ‘glycation’ where the sugar binds to proteins in your bloodstream, forming molecules that make the collagen in the skin more brittle. Hence the wrinkles.
It can accelerate ageing in the cells of the body.
We’re born craving sugar and it’s addictive as cocaine. Our brains get a surge of dopamine when we eat sugar and they want more to increase the feelings of pleasure.
When tested on rats, sugar caused cognitive deficits. Rats may have similar brain structures to us.
Too much of it can cause heart disease because it changes the muscle protein and pumping mechanics of the heart. Sugar can also deplete potassium and magnesium essential for cardiac health.
It encourages the growth of bad bacteria in our guts which can lead to aggravation and inflammation.
It suppresses the immune system.
It is toxic to the liver like alcohol and is associated with type 2 diabetes, arthritis; too much sugar can worsen joint pain because of the inflammation caused in the body.
Finally, it has been associated with acne, depression and cancer!
On a more positive note, chocolate contains antioxidants and cocoa flavonols which can improve cognitive function. Don’t get too excited. This only happens with Dark chocolate!
Sugar. Um….. Cakes, biscuits, sweets, desserts, chocolate bars…. I love them all!
On the rare occasion that I go to the cinema, my feet, acting of their own accord, would take me to the sweetie stand and I can’t stop myself from filling up those bags. I have scoffed them to the point of nausea before now.
I use to eat cake, baked by my other half, every day. Biscuits? Well, I couldn’t just have one or two; I’d have to eat at least half a packet.
And I always found room for a dessert when going out for a meal.
I use to justify my consumption by thinking I’ll run it off the next morning; not realising that I shouldn’t consume half of a sugar plantation the night before. I didn’t realise that I’d have to train like an Olympian every day just to shift a pound of body weight!
Eventually, my BMI showed that I was overweight, I developed adult acne, gum disease and I felt tired and drained; particularly after a sugary snack.
So, I thought I’d cut down. Imagine my joy when I discovered that dark chocolate is full of antioxidants! Imagine my sorrow when I realised you’re only suppose to eat a few chunks, not the whole bar. A few chunks. What’s the point of that!
I really wanted to cut down, so I did the obvious. I stopped buying cakes and biscuits, therefore I wouldn’t have the temptation in my kitchen.
Obviously, I was miserable at first. But, over time, I gradually lost weight, my acne cleared and was pleasantly surprised to note that my energy improved significantly. Also, my sugar cravings reduced.
I still eat the odd sugary treat, like desserts when I go out for a meal. I find that I enjoy and appreciate them more.
I eat fruit, nuts, toast if I’m hungry and I find eating porridge with frozen fruits and seeds in the mornings fills me up for longer than cereals do.
Tip. If you can’t be bothered to heat up oats in the morning, soak them in milk overnight with 1 tsp of cinnamon mixed in.
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