Oh, don’t be such a sweet girl.

It is a wonderful fact that nowadays women increasingly focus on health and wellbeing. We strive to retain our youth appearance, we find great joy in taking good care of ourselves, we cherish being feminine and we feel empowered to go after our dreams yet ... we often become too sweet. 

So can being sweet be bad for your health? It indeed can but only if most of that sweetness has sugar as its source ;-)

Sugar impacts every organ in our body and not in a good way. Researchers report sugar to be more addictive than heroine. This fact alone explains why it is so difficult to eliminate sugar from our diets once we get hooked on it. While World Health Organisation recommends maximum of 5 teaspoons of sugar per day, most people consume about 4 -5 times this amount. What we don’t really realise is that from the physiological point of view there is no requirement and need for consuming sugar at all. 

So what is so wrong with sugar?

- Sugar creates inflammation; we know today that chronic inflammation is the number one cause of heart disease. For a very long time saturated fat was blamed for our deteriorating health conditions. We were encouraged to consume fat free products even though they had sugar added to them. Now the medical world agrees it is sugar that is making us ill. 

Sugar causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; in simple terms it destroys the liver as effectively as overconsumption of alcohol does.

- Sugar promotes leaky gut; sugar is a ‘weapon of mass distraction’ when it comes to healthy gut bacteria. Healthy gut is a foundation of healthy body and starting any healing journey with the gut is proven very effective.

- Sugar causes obesity; high sugar diets make us put on weight, you really cannot just ‘run it off’ or simply ‘burn it out’ … Our bodies tend to respond in different ways to the same stimuli so while some people will be visibly overweight others may remain slim ‘on the outside’ and accumulate and store fat internally, around their organs. This is very hazardous for one’s health.

- Sugar is linked to 24 types of cancers; moreover research suggests that sugar intake by cancer cells is much higher than that of healthy cells, those cells seem to be feeding on sugar, it is their fuel.

- Sugar causes type 2 diabetes; diet high in sugars its quite exhaustive for the pancreas that needs to constantly pump out insulin. Our glucose overfed cells slowly become insulin resistant, this leeds to  diabetes type 2.

- Sugar accelerates aging process; when our bodies’ process sugar oxidation occurs, the more sugar we eat the faster we will age.

- Sugar makes it almost impossible to lose weight; our body uses stored sugar or dietary sugar as a priority before tapping into fat fuel. To effectively lose weight you must deplete your sugar reserves before you can tap into your fat reserves.

Consuming sugar is never a great action we can do for our body. However there is a difference in consciously consuming sugary foods and in ingesting high volumes of sugar without realisation. Choosing to have a delicious desert once in a while won’t do us any big harm. Moreover if it’s a truly enjoyed special treat it will actually induce our feel good response. The story looks somewhat different when it comes to sugar that is often unnecessarily added to our foods. Added sugars are a very major problem these days. Start reading the labels and you will suddenly see that sugar is present everywhere: breads, sausages, hams, ketchup, medicine, water!, yogurts, cheese, bacon! etc Food manufacturers know that our knowledge about bad effects of sugar on our health is rapidly improving so they use some cheeky tactics to overcome this challenge. Manufacturers list sugar under variety of names and to mention just a few: beetroot sugar, anhydrous dextrose,brown sugar, confectioner’s powdered sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, nectars (for example, peach or pear nectar), pancake syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, fructose / glucose syrup. Also, oftentimes products are labelled as ‘sugar free’ this does not mean they are necessarily any better. These 'sugar free' products contain artificial sweeteners (i.e. aspartame) instead of ordinary sugar and those sweeteners are just as bad as sugar ... if not worse.

So do remain sweet but ... on your own, much reduced sugar, terms :-)