Why Follow A Sugar Free Diet?

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You need to remember that there are good forms of sugar, even if you are diabetic. Natural sugars, like those found in fruits or honey, give your body energy.  Fruit is packed with plenty of fiber and that helps slow down the release of sugar during digestion.  While some medical conditions require that all forms of sugar be regulated closely, for the average person, these types of sugars are fine in moderation.  The problem comes with concentrated sugars.  This type of sugar is usually processed.  Corn syrup, glucose, and your common white granulated sugar are all examples of processed and unhealthy sugars.  

These are the types of sugars you need to eliminate from you diet.  You should also be aware that some foods are filled with bad sugars even if they do not taste sweet.  A prime example is white bread.  White bread and other refined carbohydrates will cause your blood-sugar level to spike.

One of the biggest benefits cutting sugar from your diet is weight control.  As you remove the bad sugars from your life your blood-sugar levels will regulate and remain stable on a regular basis.  Sugar, namely glucose, is meant to give you energy.  Ideally the bulk of your bodies energy should come from complex carbohydrates. These carbohydrates give the body energy over longer periods of time.  Most nutritionists will recommend that you eat a higher carb breakfast to start the day.  Simple sugar, however, only give the body a shorter burst of energy. When you eat processed sugars and do not need the energy boost your blood-sugar levels spike.  This is your bodies way of trying to compensate for the surge and so it stores the extra glucose for later.  Unfortunately, this extra and unnecessary glucose is stored as fat.  Eating processed sugar is not the only factor that causes some to be overweight or obese, but it is a big contributor.

A major advantage for removing processed sugar is that it can help you avoid potentially serious medical problems.  A prime example would be those diagnosed with Diabetes.  Diabetes is a far too common diagnosis and can be extremely dangerous if unregulated.  Spikes or drops in blood glucose levels can be dangerous. People can fall into a diabetic coma and die. Failure to regulate your sugar intake can also lead to vision problems, circulatory issues, and other serious complications.

Controlling the sugar in your diet now will substantially decrease your chances of developing insulin-related problems.
Structuring your diet and eliminating processed sugars will help you be healthier, your overall diet will be improved and you will feel better.  Many of the processed, prepackaged foods are filled with sugar and lack nutrients which only leaves us with empty calories.  Making a conscious choice to remove sugar will begin to be more selective with your foods and more aware of your daily intake.  You will find yourself preparing meals that are healthier for you.  Healthier meals will have more of the vitamins, minerals, and proteins your body really needs.  Sugary foods will fill you up but you get nothing in return.  Higher quality, nutritious foods will make you feel full without packing on weight or leaving out key nutrients.

There is another benefit to sugar free dieting that most people don’t think about.- your oral health.  All dentists warn kids against eating too much candy.  The fact of the matter is whether you are seven or seventy, sugar is bad for your teeth. Bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other mouth-related problems are kicked into gear when they come into contact with sugar.  Few people brush their teeth and floss every time they eat something so not eating sugar is one of the best things you could do for your oral health.

Eliminating sugar from your diet is not easy. Not only is it found in almost all foods, but also the list of ingredients can be confusing on food labels. If you plan to go sugar-free with your diet, make sure you talk to your doctor about doing so in a safe, healthy way.

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  • Thomas Fogg
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