Monday, August 12, 2013

Sugar Dangers!

Things are going as well as can be expected in this neck of the woods! Life is good, the weather is beautiful - but there is a lot of unavoidable stress with life: Chris travels a LOT, and we are SO busy on the weekends trying to catch up with house maintenance and life errands and social obligations that we don't really get a lot of great quality time together. It's tough and it's wearing on me. But I know it won't be like this forever. So just like I've been learning through all the other hard times, all I have to do is bear down and wait it out. It will get better!

Weight is the same, 122.5ish. Not much changing there!

So I was reading an article about sugar in National Geographic. I definitely know that processed sugar is bad for my body (by trial and error!) and that we, as a nation, eat wayyyyy too much sugar because it is in EVERYTHING that is processed (especially bread!).

I found it to be an interesting article thought. I learned why fructose is so bad for us. It says that fructose is "found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables" and that "fructose in excess is a health hazard. The glucose in sugar is metabolized throughout the body. But fructose is processed mainly in the liver into fats, which can build up there and also enter the blood. The resulting risks: obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes."

Yikes.

And fructose is in all types of sugars - all those creepy sugars in processed foods with weird, long, science-y names. And it is destroying our bodies!

I will say again and again and again: stay the hell away from high fructose corn syrup. Check ALL your labels. It is in bread and ketchup and bologna and cereal and all sorts of things. It should never pass your lips! Give it up.

Natural sugars are fine - fruits, honey, maple syrup. And delicious! Stick with those, protect your bodies.

It's an interesting article that goes into exactly how much more sugar we are eating now than 50 years ago, and what types of sugar, and where the sugars are found, etc, etc. Read it if you get a chance!

Have a great day, loves, namaste <3

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