I just watched a program on the impact of sugar and it’s relation to obesity. The link was very scary to me. Not only can it lead to mass fat gain but it can also lead to diabetes and can even cause your liver to swell. It seems the world has been concentrating on the wrong issue – fat content whilst manufacturers have been getting us all addicted to sugar.
Why is this a problem? It’s a problem because sugar converts to fat and manufacturers are sneaking it into every type of food we eat. Secretly it flavours the food and leaves us all craving for more. One of the drawbacks of adding excess sugar to our diets is that it leaves you hungry and waiting for another hit. You slowly start to develop a sugar addiction and craving for food without really knowing what’s going on.
I know all about it as i have 3 small children who are constantly asking for treats. But the problem is treats we can control to some degree. It’s the sneaky tactics that manufacturers use. They add sugar to cereal, to bread, to yoghurts, to everyday food that we eat so it isn’t the treats that are necessary doing us harm, but the everyday food we have to consume.
Pay Close Attention To The Labels
So where is the government protection in this? Why is all the attention on high fat food when sugar is far more dangerous? Even if you work out on a treadmill and try to keep in reasonable shape then keeping tabs of your diet and weight can still be a problem if you don’t look at the labelling in your food.
That’s the trick, check how many grams of sugar are in the food you eat. You’d be surprised. Check what percentage of the carbohydrates convert to sugar as well. You may be alarmed to find that the bulk of the content of certain foods you consume is derived purely from sugar. What you once thought was purely healthy may in fact turn out to be a pile of junk.
So the next time someone berates you from eating a pile of high fat food, just remind them that you are probably eating a lot healthier than them. A quick analysis of the sugar content in some foods and drinks as well can soon add up to a shocking amount of calories. You also have to factor in that refined artificial sugar produces really bad calorie content. It converts to fat but the process is very hard on the liver and can lead to many diseases.
It is said that sugar in the bloodstream is the feeding force of many diseases so you should try to keep it as low as possible. There is nothing wrong with a treat at the weekend and we all need one, but just don’t make a habit of it every day of the week.