Sugar...Friend or Foe???

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Ms. E’s Health/Fitness Corner
Sugar…….Friend or Foe???
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you drink soda and other sugar filled liquids? If you answered yes to these questions keep reading. Did you know one can of soda has fourteen teaspoons of sugar in it? If you drink one can of soda a day for a week you are consuming 98 teaspoons of sugar. Even worse….one soda a day for a month equals 392 teaspoons of sugar. The average American eats about one hundred pounds of sugar a year.
Sugar is added to prepared foods like soft drinks, cookies, candy, cereal, spaghetti sauce, crackers, and just about anything from a box or can. When you consume processed sugar, your body releases more insulin; this is supposed to balance your blood sugar levels, however, when you eat large amounts of refined sugar your body dumps large amounts of insulin into your bloodstream.
Sugar in moderate amounts is not harmful however; excessive amounts can lead to tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer. If you are craving something sweet, try reaching for an apple, orange, banana or raisons. Sugar is naturally in fruit and it provides food energy.
So why is sugar so bad for you? Sugar is bad for you because it is depleted of its life forces, vitamins, and minerals and you are left with pure refined carbohydrates. Your body can’t utilize refined starch and carbs without the presence of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
Refined sugar can be described as “empty” calories, and it drains essential vitamins and minerals from your body. If you eat sugar in excess every day, eventually every organ in your body will be affected. One of these organs is your brain. Too much sugar makes you sleepy and your ability to calculate and remember is lost. Sugar makes your body feel unsatisfied, so the more you eat, the will you will crave it.
What can you do to change your sugar addiction?…...

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