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Ditch the Sugar Series Part 1: What Sugar Does to Your Body

Ready to ditch the sugar addiction once and for all? The Ditch the Sugar Series is kicking off with what sugar does to your body. I will take a look at the effects that sugar consumption has on our bodies.

Sugar is one of the most harmful ingredients you can put in your body but it’s something many of us eat far too much of. According to the latest stats from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, the average American eats 71.4 grams of sugar every day – the equivalent of 17 teaspoons per day. (1) Below I’ll be discussing five of the main reasons you should limit your consumption of sugar.

HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE

One of the biggest reasons to avoid refined sugar is that it contains no vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants. These nutrients are found in almost every healthy, natural food and are essential for your body’s survival. They support all the internal processes in your body, protect against illness and allow you to perform at your peak.

Eating too much-refined sugar often stops you from getting the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs from your diet. This can result in nutrient deficiencies. These nutrient deficiencies can cause you to feel sluggish, affect how you perform, and lead to serious health problems.

DISRUPTS YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

Sugar enters the bloodstream quickly and causes a rapid surge in energy levels, followed by a rapid crash. While the initial sugar high may give you a few minutes of increased energy and focus, the overall impact of these constant fluctuations in energy caused by eating too much-refined sugar is negative. It makes it very difficult to concentrate for long periods of time, causes you to become unproductive, and makes you feel lethargic.

CAUSES WEIGHT GAIN

Unlike proteins and fats which take longer to digest and have a satiating effect on the body, sugar passes through the digestive system very quickly and doesn’t satisfy your appetite. As a result, you still crave additional after filling up on refined sugar and are very likely to overeat.

Sugar is also hidden in many foods such as bread, sauces, and sodas. Because it doesn’t satisfy your appetite in the same way that other foods do, these hidden sugars add extra calories without you even noticing and cause you to gain weight.

CAUSES LIVER DAMAGE

Many of the refined sugars in foods come in the form of fructose. When you eat too much fructose, it overloads the liver and causes it to turn fructose into fat. This then leads to fatty liver disease and many other liver problems which have a negative impact on your energy levels, digestion, and overall health.

IT CAUSES INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY

Numerous studies have shown that eating large amounts of refined sugar can cause excessive inflammation in the body. Not only is this excessive inflammation painful but it also damages your body’s cells and vital organs, and can cause permanent health problems. Inflammation in the body has also been linked with accelerated internal and external aging. Plus, it is also one of the biggest risk factors for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

To cut that sugar craving, try this amazingly delicious smoothie below!

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Chocolate raspberry bliss smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Smoothie


  • Author: Laura Villanueva
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 /2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 of an avocado, peeled & pit removed

OPTIONAL:

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or stevia (for additional sweetness)
  • Handful of ice

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until all ingredients are well combined and smooth. Serve.

Note: Please see ‘Tips’ above for suitable substitutions, storage advice, and more!

  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender

Keywords: chocolate smoothie, smoothies

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I would love to hear if you have ever tried to lower your consumption of sugar in your diet. Let me know what your experience has been ditching the sugar and learning about what sugar does to your body. You can also connect with me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva


References:

  1. DGA Cut Down On Added Sugar”. Health.Gov, 2016, https://eatyournutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DGA_Cut-Down-On-Added-Sugars.pdf. Accessed 18 Mar 2020.

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