Limiting Sugar in Your Diet


Spoon of Sugar

Where is sugar? It’s everywhere these days! Next time you are out grocery shopping take a look at the nutrition label and see how many grams of sugar are in the foods you buy. It seems like more and more sugar is sneaking into our salad dressings, frozen dinners, granola bars, cereals, juices and condiments. We’ve compiled our top list of reasons you should cut back on the amount of sugar you are eating every day.

 

  1. Heart Disease: Too much sugar will cause your triglyceride levels to rise. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. When your triglyceride levels are high they affect your heart health and can lead to heart disease. (via Mayo Clinic)

  2. Tooth Decay: Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will help battle tooth decay, but eating less sugar is the best way to prevent cavities.

  3. Obesity: Foods with a high glycemic index help your body produce lipoprotein lipase, which is an enzyme that encourages your body to store food in fat cells.

  4. Empty Calories: In one little teaspoon of sugar, there are 16 calories. That might not sound like a lot, but in a can of soda there are 10 teaspoons of sugar, so 160 calories. These calories do nothing for your body. They won’t provide any energy and will be stored in your fat cells.

  5. Liver Damage: High amounts of sugar are very toxic for your liver. Sugar is made up of glucose and fructose. An excess of fructose can lead to insulin resistance and fatty liver disease.

 

Are you convinced? Ready to cut back on the sugar? Visit the Metabolic Research Center nearest you and we’ll introduce you to a coach that will guide you every step of the way throughout your weight loss journey.

 

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