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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Good, Bad and Secrets of Sugar

Scientist have demonstrated that a high sugar diet can lead to some very damaging health risks. This type of diet has been shown to be linked to increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, reduced "good" cholesterol, inflammation, insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. However, not all sugars are bad for the body.

Natural sugars that are found in berries and other foods naturally are different than sugars that are added to food. Natural sugars can be found in whole, unprocessed foods. Fructose and lactose are two naturally occurring sugars. These foods are often low in calorie and sodium and high in water content and important vitamins and minerals. In addition the sugar in fruit is slowed by the fiber in fruit slows the sugar not allowing the same sugar spike as when you eat a sugary treat Likewise, food that contains lactose often comes with a healthy serving of protein that helps provide sustainable energy that will stay with you

Even good sugars can be overdone. The USDA recommends that only an average of 2 cups of fruit and 3 servings of dairy a day be in the diets of adults.

 Spot the sweets. You know to avoid sugar, but there are lots of other names for sugars that are lurking on food labels.

Cutting back on sugar may not be easy but is something that needs to be done for your health 

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