You probably already know that sugar is a culprit for putting on the pounds. But how does the white powder convert to fat in the body?
Anytime you have filled your body with more fuel than it actually needs, your liver sugar storage capacity is exceeded. That’s very easy to do when eating or drinking foods with a high sugar content. When the liver is maximally full, the excess sugar is converted by the liver into fat and returned to the bloodstream. There it’s taken throughout the body and stored as fat wherever our own individual body type tends to store adipose fat cells, like the stomach, hips, butt and breasts.
You may think “how harmful can a little white sugar be??” But you may be shocked to learn that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that the average American consumes between 150-170 pounds of refined sugar a year. This equals out to 3 pounds of sugar in a week. That is a lotta-lotta processing for the liver, a lotta-lotta fat floating around in the blood stream, and a lotta-lotta potential pounds.
At the beginning of the 1900’s Americans were only consuming about 60 pounds of sugar a year. So how did it get so astronomically out of control?
Today, most of us may say, “but I don’t eat that many sweets……”
I am on board. We can all agree that a birthday party or wedding can turn up the dial on sugar consumption….but day to day, no way……..
But in this newsletter I am not talking about indulging your sweet tooth during celebration….
Here’s the scoop……you may be consuming the white stuff daily with out even knowing you are loading up with white sugar and sabotaging all your best efforts.
Here are some examples:
> Flavored yogurt: 25 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons)
> Protein Bars: 28 grams of sugar (7 teaspoons)
> Ketchup: 4 grams of sugar in a squirt (1 teaspoon)
> Low-fat salad dressing: 36 grams of sugar in 3 ounces (9 teaspoons)(about a normal amount to top a salad). Why on Earth is sugar in low-fat dressing? When they remove the fat, they add sugar for taste. Foods labeled as low-fat are a marketing scam. Beware of the salad bar!!!
> Commercial granola: 60 grams of sugar in a 4 ounce serving (15 teaspoons)
> Frozen yogurt: 40 grams of sugar in an 8 oz serving (10 teaspoons)
> Summertime margarita: 55 grams of sugar in one cocktail (14 teaspoons)
> Starbucks Nonfat Iced Carmel Macchiato: 23 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons)
> Vitamin Water: 23 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons)
> Bottled smoothies: Many 8 oz bottles contain 96 grams of sugar (24 teaspoons). So much sugar, and not so much fruit!!!
(I personally believe the gram system is elitist. I was never taught it in school. Using it confuses me. To make it a bit more simple, 1 teaspoon equals 4 grams of sugar)
We have been taught to count calories, but in fact we need to count all the pockets of hidden sugar in our diets.
If you follow me, you know I was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago, and am cancer free for 14. When you choose to heal yourself with natural nutrition, the first thing that’s gotta go-go-go is white sugar. Cancer cells become crazy ninjas, consuming sugar up to 50 times faster then a normal cell when fed the white stuff. It’s gotta go if you choose the long road.
There has been an explosion of science in the field of aging, and white refined sugar is not on board for the journey. It has been attributed to diabetes, stroke, liver disease, osteoarthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and cancer. This is not a life extension food.
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