Did you know that the typical American ingests 32 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis and that this is equivalent to 126 grams, according to a study quoted in Euromonitor? And the sad reality is that according to government guidelines, we all should limit our intake of sugar to only 12 teaspoons a day based on a 2,000 calorie diet. This may sound like an easy endeavor, however, sugar can hide "in plain sight” in many different foods, drinks, and condiments.
As a result, all of this excess sugar is leading to many serious health issues such as Type II diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.2 In addition, sugar can also cause high cholesterol and high triglycerides as well as non-alcoholic fatty liver. More specifically, evidence is beginning to accumulate which proves that it is actually sugar, and not saturated fat as we have been led to believe, that is the leading cause of heart disease due to the harmful effects of fructose on the body’s metabolism. On top of this, evidence shows that increases in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose levels, and stomach fat can happen in as little as ten weeks due to large amounts of fructose.
The good news is that certain types of sugars are not as harmful for the body as others. Thus, this article will explore some of the best and worst types of sugars available on the market today.
I. Best Types of Sugars:
1. Natural Sugar
You should try to choose natural sugar as opposed to sugar that has been added to foods, drinks, and beverages. Healthier choices such as organic nuts, fruits, beans, and vegetables are the best way to go. These whole foods which contain natural sugars also come power-packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and natural fiber. The fiber helps to slow down the absorption rate of sugar which in turn helps to regulate your blood glucose levels. So, without a doubt, natural sugar found in wholesome foods is the best sugar that you can ingest.
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