Finger Prickin’ Good: Sugar, the tasty drug!

Random Fact: The Pentagon has never been audited. A little tax season random fact for you.

I was checking out at the register in my local grocery store, looking at my purchases as the cashier swiped them across the scanner, thinking to myself, this is a good week. Everything I am buying is healthy and I have once again avoided temptation (it is a daily battle). Sadly, as I went to put in the credit, card I saw them… Those damn delicious treats of the season, the Cadbury Cream Eggs.

I’m not going to lie, we’ve established the type of relationship that transcends the falsehoods of sneaking candy. I did in fact give into temptation… 3 times over. I bought 3 of them and instantly had one as I floated out of the store. Let me just say that the first Cadbury Cream Egg of the season was nothing short of spectacular. Sugar, chocolate, and the combination of sugar and chocolate always seem to get me this time of year. However, for whatever reason (probably because I am always looking for blogging topics) as I reached for the second Cadbury Cream Egg, I stopped, for like a nano-second to be clear, and wondered just how bad is sugar for the body? BOOM… Blog topic.

Here comes the not fun part of this post. How bad is added sugar for the body? It is very bad considering how much the average American has on a daily basis. The American Heart Association says that American adults consume 22 teaspoons a day and children consume upwards of 33 teaspoons in that same day. Bottom line, this is leading to some serious problems.

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22 teaspoons of sugar!

Let’s breakdown what added sugar is made of in order to obtain a clearer understanding of why it is a bad choice. Before sugar enters the bloodstream, it is broken down into two simple sugars, glucose and fructose. Glucose is found in every living cell on the planet. If we don’t get it from a diet, our bodies produce it. Fructose is different. Our bodies do not produce it in any significant amount and there is no physiological need for it. Let’s reiterate that last part again. There is NO PHYSIOLOGICAL NEED FOR IT. The thing with fructose is that it can only be metabolized by the liver, in certain, small amounts. If we consume a little bit, for instance from fruit, the fructose will be turned into glycogen and stored in the liver until we need it. News flash, if the glycogen is at capacity in the liver and you have a lot of fructose overloading it, fructose turns into fat. Fat is bad in case you forgot. Lucky for you, I’m here to remind you.

If you want a more in depth look on fructose and Glucose, click here. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/research-review-fructose-vs-glucose

When people eat a lot of sugar, it can cause some resistance to the hormone insulin. Sadly, this can contribute to many diseases, including cancer. Additionally, too much sugar consumption can lead to Type II diabetes.

Sugar triggers the release of chemicals that set off the brain’s pleasure center, in this case opioids and dopamine. Much like street drugs, we get addicted to the fix. Sugar is no different and in my opinion even more dangerous as it is readily available everywhere. We’ve become addicted to the sugar fix. “Just say no” needs to extend to beyond drugs.hqdefault

Those who consume higher amounts of sugar are also at risk of becoming overweight or obese. Numerous studies have examined the link between sugar consumption and obesity, finding a strong statistical association between the two. As a trainer and someone one who has had his own weight struggles, when you cut out sugar you tend to notice a drop in weight, appearance, and over-all quality of attitude and life.

The truth is, we are human beings and no one is perfect. I am not saying you need to cut out sugar completely, if I did you might stop reading my posts! But… YOU need to be mindful of it. I admit, there are times I get a little crazy with my sweets, it happens. I do however try to limit myself as much as I can because I know what chaos excess sugar can cause to my body and health.   Like everything, moderation is the key. Plan smart, eat smart and you can and will still enjoy a healthy lifestyle the occasional well deserved sweet treat.

 Check out the link below for some more facts about the tasty drug.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/08/30/how-much-sugar-are-americans-eating-infographic/#16ddaddb4ee7

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Top 5: Songs that contain sugar.

  1. Blood Sugar Sex Magic- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. Spin Spin Sugar- Sneaker Pimps
  3. Pour Some Sugar on Me- Def Leppard
  4. Fly- Sugar Ray
  5. The Sugarhill Gang-Apache

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