Oh sugar, if only you weren’t so tasty. And so toxic. How is one to reconcile our innate human desire for sweetness with the harmful effects of sugar consumption? By knowing that not all sugar is created equally, for starters. One of the biggest misconception in the world of weight loss and healthy eating is that all calories are created equal and therefore, sugar-is-sugar and sugar is bad.
The type of sugar and the source from which it came is infinitely more important than banning sugar entirely from coming within a 20 foot radius of you or your kitchen.
Refined sugar is bad. It’s horrible and toxic and addictive and most importantly, causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation caused by sugar leads to diabetes, migraines, depression, fibromyalgia, unstable blood sugar, weakened immune system, weight gain, anxiety, chronic illness and even cancer. Sugar also depletes essential nutrients, such as vitamin B, from the body, which is necessary for healthy body function and metabolism. Read through the Top 8 Health Hazards of Sugar and you’ll understand how and why your mental and physical health are much better off when you reduce and eliminate this substance from your diet.
So what are ‘healthy’ sugars?
Healthy sugars are those found in nature, in their whole form. That’s right, healthy sugars come from clean eating! Here are some of my favorite sources of deliciously healthy sugar:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Fresh Fruit
- Whole Grains
The foods listed above contain simple sugars, which naturally occur in whole food and offer a variety of health benefits, such as vitamins, minerals, protein, phytochemicals and fiber. Fiber is a key element in deciding which form of sugar to eat, since fiber slows down the absorption of sugar, which moderates its impact on blood sugar, metabolic function, hormonal balance and healthy weight maintenance.
So what’s the lesson here? That quality and source is much more important than a good vs. bad approach to sugar consumption. And when it comes to the sweet stuff, whole foods vs. refined processed foods prove that when it comes to healthy eating and lean bodies, not all sugar is created equally.
For additional support and information about healthy eating, weight loss and nourishing your body, feel free to reach out and connect with Jodi to discuss your personal needs and goals.