Learn how to break free of the constant cravings and finally take sweet control of your diet. I’m re-blogging this from WebMD.
By Maura Kelly
So Long, Sweet Tooth
I found this article today. This one bad habit is the biggest problem that dieters have. Learn how to beat the sugar habit and the hardest part of losing weight is behind you.
I consider myself a pretty healthy eater. I chow down on a variety of fruits and veggies, lean protein and whole grains, and I do my best to keep my sweet tooth in check. So I never really worried about how much sugar I was getting — that is, until I recently heard one doctor say that high doses of sugar were poison and another that he was eliminating the refined sweetener from his diet. Uh-oh. Was the sugar I sprinkled on my oatmeal and stirred into my coffee — and okay, the occasional cookie or three — hurting my health?
If I’m eating too much of the sweet stuff, I may have reason to be concerned, doctors say. Sugar is made up of roughly equal parts glucose and fructose. When we consume it, the pancreas releases insulin, which helps our cells use glucose as fuel. However, if we eat more sugar than our bodies can process, insulin instructs our system to store the excess as fat, and we gain weight. That last statement is the whole key in gaining weight. “If you consume too much the body stores it as fat.” The body has no other way to store excess food. That’s key to remember. The body has no other way to store excess food.The more you weigh, the greater your risk for such health conditions as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Here’s where things get a little sticky. Some docs — particularly Robert Lustig, MD, a professor of pediatrics and endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco — think that the problem with sugar goes beyond that. Lustig believes that the fructose in sugar is especially dangerous, because we can’t digest it properly. That means fructose is metabolized mainly by the liver, which works hard to try to break it down. The strain can result in type 2 diabetes as well as high blood pressure, liver problems and cardiovasculardisease, Lustig says.
Plenty of other experts think Lustig is exaggerating the dangers of fructose. “As long as we don’t eat it in excess, our bodies don’t have trouble breaking down fructose,” says David Katz, MD, the director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. But therein lies the real concern, he adds: Sugar itself is not bad, but all of us are eating way more than we should be these days. “That is what leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other health problems,” Dr. Katz explains.
I agree with the doctor about the dangers of fructose. The problem is that processed foods all contain sugar, drinks contain sugar and snacks contain sugar. If all you ate were raw foods; fresh veggies, fresh fruits and fresh meat from the butcher then yes a little table sugar in tea or coffee wouldn’t hurt, but we don’t eat like that anymore. Listen to this doctor and read the labels and cut back on all the sugar that you possibly can. You still get sugar every time you eat fruit or even some vegetables but that kind of sugar the body can deal with.