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Seventy Four Percent of Food Products Contain Added Sugar


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According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, of the more than 85,000 food products sold in the United States, 74% contain added sugars. Sugar is an edible crystalline carbohydrate that is used for different dietary purposes. Although there are many different types of sugar, none provides the nutrients that are essential for good health.

Eliminating sugar from the diet can help prevent heart issues. Exactly how sugar affects heart health is not completely understood but it involves the liver metabolizing sugar in a similar way to digesting alcohol and converting dietary carbohydrates to fat deposits. This accumulation of fat deposits appears to increase risk for fatty liver disease, diabetes and chronic heart conditions.

  • Live Happier - According to a study at Columbia University Medical Center, ending a bad day with a bowl of cookie dough may make you feel worse in the long haul. Postmenopausal women with diets high in added sugars were at an increased risk of new-onset depression.
  • Lose Weight - Studies have demonstrated that there is a link between sugar sweetened beverages and weight gain. Fact is these sugary drinks often contain a quantity of sugar that exceeds the maximum recommended daily intake, so beware of added sugars in your foods and drinks.
  • Catch Fewer Colds - Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs the body's immune system and the effect can last for a few hours, especially after downing sugar-laden drinks. Since sugar can suppress the function of white blood cells, there is an increase in inflammatory markers and reduced capability to fight infection.
  • Lower Risk of Diabetes - Over time, insulin resistance causes your body to need more and more insulin to be effective. Unfortunately, insulin resistance is a pathway to chronic disease and poor metabolic health.

If you are overweight or obese, you should avoid consuming added sugars as much as possible. Stick to single ingredient foods and avoid processed foods that are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, such as sodas and baked goods. Any excess of sweetened foods and beverages can cause weight gain, blood glucose problems, an increased risk for heart disease and other dangerous metabolic conditions.

No sugar added doesn't mean that a food is healthy. For example, a fruit drink with no added sugars may have naturally occurring sugars that are more concentrated than what you would consume eating a piece of the fruit. Moreover, there is much less fiber, which can result in empty calories and minimal nutritional value. To find out what you should be eating, contact the Metabolic Research Center nearest you.

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