Are you confused about the sugar you are eating?
It comes as no surprise that chocolate, fizzy drinks and sweet treats are full of added sugar. We all know that and as such many of us make the conscious decision to limit these sweet treats in our diets. However, there are other surprising culprits that we might not associate with being a cause for concern. Many processed foods contain high amounts of hidden sugar and as we consume these foods daily you could be unwittingly having regular sugar binges which could be playing havoc with your metabolism and insulin levels, making you store fat.
The problem with sugar is that it is highly addictive, we know now that sugar has the same chemical composition as cocaine, with the exception of nitrogen, so it is little wonder that when we consume a little we find ourselves craving a little more then a little more. You know how that story ends.
Thesedays more questions are being asked about where sugar is creeping in. Consumers are slowly but surely starting to be switched on to these hidden sugars.
Just recently the photo at the top was published in a national newspaper to act as a guide for sugar consumption and on the face of it, it makes sense. You can see clearly at a glance how much sugar is contained in various foods. Some of which may or may not surprise you.
But this picture only adds to the confusion about sugar. You can clearly see that for example a can of coke has less sugar than a mango. Of course, this may be true but it ignores the fact that the coke is nutritionally empty, filled with chemical additives and preservatives which impact how our bodies systems work. While at the same time ignores the fact that the mango contains antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
So perhaps mixing fruits, whole foods, sweets and processed foods in the same guide is not as helpful as it could be. Its suggests that the measure that they are presenting is the most impotent one…but of course this is newspapers…their job is to inform and to an extent educate…but mostly its to make stores that sell newspapers. If those stories add to the confusion about health then thats another story opportunity. The only losers are the readers who buy into what they are reading.
We know that there is a lot of confusion about sugar in all its forms, we meet ladies on our Sugar Detox Retreat who have been trying to cut back on their sugar consumption but find themselves getting pulled back time and time again into the grip of the white stuff. Intelligent, professional women who are trying to follow a healthy eating plan or support their weight loss but when they fancy a sweet treat are confused about what the best thing is to have.
Guides like this can encourage them make a choice that isn’t really a healthy one. Follow this guide and you could be tempted to have a couple of Oreo biscuits and a can of Red Bull as your snack, after all they contain less sugar than the Mango!! But of course once you have consumed the biscuits and drink your blood sugar levels will have spiked and crashed so quickly that you will be left feeling low and more hungry then before. Then you end up eating more than you need.
Our ethos at The Body Retreat is that we should all look to Remove the Hidden Sugars in processed foods, Reduce the Elective Sugars in sweet treats and Rethink the Natural Sugars in whole foods. We need to learn to listen to our own common sense about what we are eat and not blindly allow ourselves to be lead by guides, especially those printed in newspapers.
Stick as close to nature as you can and if you fancy enjoying a mango as part of a healthy balanced diet then enjoy every juicy bit of it. (Maybe do your blood sugar levels and favour and have a little protein or fat to help slow down the absorption and you really are onto a winner)