These days, many of our celebrations and holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.) and even special days out include sugar. But how much is too much to eat?
According to the article "Health Effects of Sugar on the Body" (Evolving Wellness), sugar is something we should try to stay away from as much as possible. Since 1970,7 the worldwide consumption of sugar has increased dramatically...enough to cause us serious health conditions, such as depression, obesity, cavities and loss of teeth, diabetes, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, and an overall unhealthy immune system which is physically and metaphorically slowing us down in life. Scary, huh?
Did you know that sugar has absolutely no health benefits? Therefore, it is empty calories and also proven to be addictive.
What about sweeteners to replace sugar, you ask? Unless they're natural, they're even worse! Artificial sweeteners are made up of chemicals and can also do much harm to the body.
But don't worry, there are natural ways to savor that sweet tooth of yours. Can you guess any? Fruit and natural plants are great ways to add sweetness to your life. Think Agave nectar (from a plant), honey, dates, Maple syrup, molasses or any natural juice from a fruit.
Please make smart choices the next time you have a celebration. And while it might be impossible to take out all sweets, do your best to limit your sugar intake. Remember, natural is always the best option. Care for your body and replace sugary treats, or as the article mentioned, sugary "threats", with nutritional food.
Read more on the links below to find out exactly how and why your body is negatively affected by sugar.