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Common Food Like A Narcotic! October 27, 2014

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This article is golden! Read it and change your diet!

As Addictive As Most Narcotics?

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By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

You have been warned…

There is one food – or nutrient – that could be as addictive as most street drugs.

In fact, this one nutrient is found in many of the food products you eat every day.

The food offender: sugar.

But, I have some great news for you!

There are all-natural sweeteners that could sweeten many of the foods you eat – without the adverse side effects associated with sugar.

See for yourself…

Sugar vs. Natural Sweeteners

Here’s the problem:

Your brain needs sugar in order to function. But not table sugar like you would normally think of.

Your brain requires glucose in order to function. And when your levels drop, your brain sends out a warning signal to your body to eat more food.

Result = pretty intense cravings.

However, here’s the problem with added sugar. Sugar targets the reward system in your brain.

And when it’s exposed to high amounts of sugar, the reward center may become over-sensitized to sugar.

This makes you crave sugar. And this may mean you need more and more sugar in order to shut down the cravings and the sugar response.

So what can you do?

Well, for starters, you should reduce your intake of refined and processed carbs and any added sugar in your diet.

One way to accomplish this feat is to look for more natural sweeteners.

And, just for you, we have provided the top THREE natural sweeteners we recommend:

1. Coconut Sugar

This natural sweetener – which is made from boiling down the sap of coconut flower buds cut from coconut leaves – is a great substitute for your sweet tooth.

Not only does it contain far less sucrose than regular table sugar, it is also lower on the glycemic index.

That means there may not be such a sharp increase in blood sugar or insulin released by your body.

2. Raw Honey

Those bees sure are busy little buggers!

Raw honey – not the boiled down and refined type – is chock full of potent minerals that hold tons of benefits for your health.

Plus, raw honey possesses many anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits, which places honey way up there in terms of healthy nutrition.

Not only that, but honey is low in fructose, which makes it a great sweetener for a number of different foods.

3. Stevia

This common sweetener is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.

Stevia may be 200 times sweetener than sugar, but it possesses some pretty impressive health benefits.

Stevia has been shown to have anti-glycemic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It could be one of the most widely used sweeteners around.

Take Home Message

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I hate to tell you this, but sugar is extremely addictive.

So addictive in fact, that many people experience very intense cravings when their blood sugar levels drop low enough.

One reason for this is due to sugars ability to stimulate the reward system in your brain. And this overstimulate may make you need more sugar just to quiet your cravings.

And this may be why most people turn to artificial sweeteners in order to satisfy their sweet tooth, without adding calories to their waistline.

This has brought about the boom in artificial and natural sweetener.

If you’re looking to curb your sugar cravings, then you should turn to the three natural sweeteners from above.

It could just save your life and protect your health in the process!

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results!

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385 Calories of Added Sugar Daily? July 5, 2014

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Estimated figures show that our diet is FULL of added sugar.

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And, on average, 385 calories per day come from added sugar.

That’s a TON of calories – but it’s only an AVERAGE – meaning some people may have a lot more than this number.

Now, in order to burn off those extra calories from all that added sugar, you would need to do LOT of exercise.
In fact, here is a list of how long it would take to burn off some of those added calories:

• You would have to WALK for AN HOUR AND A HALF in order to burn those calories

• You would have to play INTENSE BASKETBALL for at least an HOUR to burn those calories

• You would have to BIKE for THREE-QUARTERS OF AN HOUR to burn those calories

• You would have to JOG for THREE-QUARTERS OF A HOUR to burn those same calorie

Okay, in a nutshell here are some of the harmful effects of too much sugar:

• Cavities

• Becoming overweight or obese

• Heart disease

• Type 2 Diabetes (seen in young children more often today)

• Metabolic syndrome

• And others

What can you do to curb your added sugar?

Simple…

Watch what you are eating…

Read food labels…

Use all-natural sweeteners, such as apple sauce or stevia, in baked goods or your coffee in the morning.

And eat more WHOLE FOOD sources, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, fatty fish, and whole grains.

Rounding out your diet with the food choices above, may limit your intake of added sugar.

And this may reduce your risk for chronic diseases, becoming overweight or obese, and issues with blood pressure, cholesterol, or triglycerides.

Taking these steps NOW, may lead to a LONG, healthy, and reduced fat life.

Eat Clean Live Well. Feel Great

Jax

 

#1- Tackle Your Inflammation – Sugars June 2, 2014

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SUGARS : Pro-inflammatory Agent: Excessive sugar intake causes tooth decay and has been linked to increased risks of obesity, inflammation and chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Recently, it’s also finally been proven that sugar, as well as dairy, are the causes of acne.

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Find them in: Sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks, fruit drinks and squashes are some of the major sources of dietary sugars that many have overlooked. Do you know that drinking a can of Coke is the same as sucking ten sugar cubes? Other obvious sugar-loaded foods to avoid or at least limit include pastries, desserts, sweets and snacks. And when you’re looking out for sugar in the ingredients list, note that sugar has many names: corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, golden syrup, maltose, sorghum syrup and sucrose are some of the creative names used.

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Inflammation-dousing Substitute: Got a sweet tooth? Opt for natural sweeteners like stevia, honey. Blackstrap molasses to flavour beverages and foods modestly. Natural sugars found in fresh or dried fruits and fruit preserves with no added sugar are also great choices. Not only do they give you the sweetness you crave, fruits also supply you with vitamins, antioxidants and fibres that you won’t find in sugary foods and drinks. Dates, figs, persimmons, kiwis, tangerines and various types of berries are some of the natural healthy snacks you can sink your teeth into.

 

12/13 Lies That Keep Us Fat and Sick – Sugar November 23, 2013

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12. Sugar is Bad Because it Contains “Empty” Calories

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Many think that sugar is unhealthy just because it contains “empty” calories.

This is true… sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients.

But this is really just the tip of the iceberg.

Sugar, mainly due to its high content of fructose, can have severe adverse effects on metabolism and set us up for rapid weight gain and metabolic disease (102).

When we eat large amounts of fructose, it gets turned into fat in the liver and is either shipped out as VLDL particles, or lodges in the liver to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (103, 104).

Studies in humans show that excess fructose can lead to insulin resistance, elevated blood sugars, elevated triglycerides, increased small, dense LDL and increased abdominal obesity in as little as 10 weeks (105).

Fructose also doesn’t lower the hunger hormone ghrelin and doesn’t affect satiety in the brain in the same way as glucose. This way, sugar causes a biochemical drive in the brain to eat more and get fat (106, 107, 108).

This applies to fructose from added sugars, NOT the natural sugars found in fruits.

When consumed in excess, added sugar is associated with multiple diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type II diabetes and even cancer (109, 110, 111, 112, 113).

Sugar is probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.

Bottom Line: The harmful effects of excess sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar can have severe adverse effects on metabolism, leading to weight gain and many serious diseases.

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Reference links and to Read more: http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-nutrition-lies-that-made-the-world-sick-and-fat/#ixzz2jLDjeXFp

 

Drink This! August 14, 2013

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