The Facts on Sugar
First, let's define sugar. It is a carbohydrate that comes in many forms: lactose, glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Lactose is
All sugars are empty calories. They're void of proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
Surprisingly, sugar consumption has also been linked to cancer. At least 10 studies have made
One study was conducted by
Studies have also linked sugar to breast, endometrial, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. In fact, cancer cells have a sweet tooth of
Jeffrey Rathmell is an assistant professor in
The team found that cancerous cells use glucose to resist apoptosis or "programmed cell death." They do it by activating
Dr. John Yudkin was a renowned British nutritionist. He was a professor of Nutrition and
Yudkin wrote a groundbreaking book, Pure, White, and Deadly: The Problem of Sugar. It was published in 1972. But his findings were discredited and ridiculed because he also argued that dietary and saturated fat were harmless.
But now it looks like Yudkin was right.
Dr. Lustig tells us that American consumption of fat has dropped significantly over
Life After Sugar
So it's clear. You need to drastically reduce sugar from your diet. But how do you start? First, you need to know that some sugars are worse than o
It's clear you should keep your sugar intake to a minimum. The best way is to get your sugar from natural sources like fruits and vegetables. But make sure you keep an eye on
Added sugar is found heavily in processed foods, drinks, alcohol, and desserts. So make sure you steer clear of boxed and bagged foods.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners, too. They are made of toxic chemicals, and can lead to weight gain. That defeats
So how do you satisfy your sweet tooth? There are plenty of natural, healthy alternatives. Here are just a few:
· Stevia is non-caloric herb extracted from a plant native to
· Coconut palm sugar is made from
· Barley malt syrup is a very healthy alternative to sugar. The barley is soaked and sprouted to make a malt. It's mixed with more barley and cooked until
If you're diabetic, make sure to check with your doctor before using any sugar in your diet, whe
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