It is sweet and can make food better, but not healthier. Sugar is all around us so we get used to it. However, according to numerous researches, sugar is bad for your health. It has a negative effect on your metabolism and it can cause many diseases, including type 2 diabetes! Even worse, sugar has a negative effect on most organs and chemical processes in your body. Eventually, you are going to need medicines and prescriptions in order to fix the damage caused by sugar.
The biggest problem is that a lot of food contains refined sugar. When you consume it, sugar levels in your blood are significantly increased. Because of that, pancreases releases high amounts of insulin. Eventually, your body becomes insulin resistant, and you develop type 2 diabetes! If there is no physical activity involved, sugar is stored and it acts like a reserve fuel. This also means that you get more weight. That’s why all healthy diets eliminate sugar rich food.
The best known form of sugar is white table sugar. However, there is another type, known as HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). It has been developed so it can extend the shelf life of certain products. In this form, HFCS is very quickly absorbed by our body. It is transported to our liver, where it increases the fat production. This type of sugar causes a disease known as ‘’fatty liver’’. Having a long and healthy life, is only possible if you eliminate this type of sugar from your diet.
Luckily for you, there are some alternatives. As aforementioned, the first step is eliminating HFCS and sugar rich food out of your life. The next step is to find a substitute. The first choice would be dark chocolate. The main ingredient is cacao solids which have a positive effect on blood sugar. It also contains polyphenyls and antioxidants, which are helpful in controlling glucose levels. This type of chocolate is even recommended for type 2 diabetes patients. You can take up to 2 squares a day of dark chocolate. It will provide you health benefits and it will help you with sugar craving.
Eating fruit can increase sugar levels in your blood as well. The situation is even worse if you eat food rich in refined sugar. The solution is very simple. All you need to do is to eat nuts before eating sugar rich food. Nuts, like walnuts, can help you in regulating sugar levels in your blood. This is just one of advantages of healthy eating.
The best sugar substitute, according to some people is stevia. It is a plant that has been used in the medicine for thousands of years. You should try to find leaf powder. It is the best form of stevia. If you want even more natural form, liquid form is a better choice. The last form of stevia is white powder. However, it has an aftertaste, so it isn’t the best choice, but some people like it. In general, stevia is a much healthier alternative than refined sugar.