Archive for the ‘Sugar’ Category

Stay Sugar Free For Your Own Good

June 22nd, 2015

Sugar gets a bad reputation and, honestly, the bad reputation is deserved. Sugar is loaded with calories and the nutritional value is very low. What sugar does have going for it is an enjoyable taste. Sugar also provides a viable source of energy. The bad things associated with sugar, however, often exceed the perceived benefits. The health conscious are wisely advised to keep their sugar intake low.

Most people try to avoid processed sugars or awful substitutes such as high-fructose corn syrup. Avoiding such things is definitely well advised. Substituting them for natural brown sugar or sweet honey, while seemingly a better plan, might not be all that beneficial.

Any and all sources of sugar bring forth problems for your health. Healthy people like Keith Mann agree that opting to use common substitutes for processed sugar is not a reliable plan. A much better strategy is to just cut back on all sources of sugar. Really, adding any type of sugar to your diet is going to yield problems.

Just try to go “sugar free: as much as possible. That is the best advice available.

San Francisco Warns about Soda Sugar

June 10th, 2015

We’ve heard the stories about soda products since childhood: Soda will decay your teeth, it will take the rust right off of a nail and it causes obesity. However, the majority of the time these stories sounded like old wives tales. Sam Tabar understands that, with the taste being so addictive, many people pushed the commonly known health problems aside so that they could enjoy their occasional soda.

However, San Francisco has decided to take action and let consumers know that this is not an old wives tale. Reports are saying that San Francisco will be pushing for a new law that requires warning labels on soda products. These warning labels will warn consumers that the product contains added sugars that cause obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

Many reports on soda are coming up with evidence that soda is a large factor for type 2 Diabetes, and consumers need to be more are of the actual risk they accept when they drink it. When cigarettes started to receive warning labels, they dropped from 50% use to 15% use, so many lawmakers are hoping the same thing happens with warning labels on soda brands.

Sugar’s Effects on the Human Brain

April 7th, 2015

We’ve all been there before, walking through a park on a blazing summer afternoon and passing an ice cream truck. Or stoically kid managing a birthday party until someone breaks out the cake.

Almost immediately a little voice inside our head starts to whisper about how good it would be to have some ice cream or cake, if only a little. Justifications start to fly, excuses are made, subconscious deals are reached within ourselves – we give in.

Folks at Bulletproof Coffee agree that it’s an all too common scenario when it comes to sugar even though studies constantly warn us of the negative side effects like bulging waistlines and heart health. But what about sugar’s negative effects on our brains… and where does that voice come from?

Sugar cravings begin with taste receptors on our tongues. Those signals are relayed to our brain where a hormone known as dopamine is released. This is the pleasure/reward area of our psyche. Once that cycle starts, it is hard to break – much like any addiction.

But below the surface, sugar affects our brains in much more sinister ways. Here are just a few:

• Memory and Learning Impairment – Higher fructose diets contribute to synaptic damage in the brain ultimately impairing brain cell communication.
• Higher Risk or Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Sugar-heavy diets contribute to the development of insulin resistance and increased glucose levels which relate to diabetes. People with diabetes are known to be at much greater risk for developing neurological disorders.
• Contributes to Depression and Anxiety – More commonly known as a “sugar crash”, the ingestion of large quantities of sugar lead from a high to a low. When these levels plummet, anxiety and depression may follow.