Removing sugar from your diet isn’t in your best interest.
From your favourite Trendy Fit columnist: Steph
In today’s world, it’s all about finding “the answer”. We are always looking for that next best thing, or even being told what is the next best thing. We are being sold on everything, everyday, to the point where we don’t even know what we are being sold on anymore. Food and diet is no different.
We walk into a grocery store and the packaging and shelf placement is set up in a way to attract attention by the average shopper. We think we are browsing in the grocery store but we are really just being forced into consumption. The problem is that food companies have learned the proper jargon to appeal to the right consumer. If they are targeting women for example who are looking for the “food and diet answer”, the companies know exactly what language to use that will help guide consumers into making a purchase.
Diet, low fat, no trans-fat, organic, gluten-free, sugar free, these are all your code words for sabotage. We have been led to believe that all of the items we consume should be altered in some way in order to reach weight–loss and fitness goals. The truth is, it is these ingredients (or lack there of) that are the hurdles that have been standing in our way to reaching our goals.
Take for example something that is labelled as “sugar-free”, for years now we have been told that sugar is the enemy, sugar is what is rotting our teeth, our brains and causing us to be overweight. The truth is that we need sugar (carbohydrates), as it is one of our body’s most important and preferred fuels for our brain and muscles. We have had the great sugar debate before, and at this point we need to be on the lookout for “added sugars” as the enemy, right? Okay, now that we are caught up with that, here is my advice: take the sugar over the sugar-free.
Sugar free food items will 99% of the time have a sugar substitute to create the same sweetness in our foods that we are used to. So often we think we are doing ourselves a favor by cutting out the sugar and opting for sugar free when really we are actually rotting our bodies from the inside out.
We have all heard of this little devil that goes by the name of: aspartame. But do we really know everything that contains aspartame? What should you be on the lookout for?
Common foods that have aspartame:
- Instant breakfasts
- Breath mints
- Coffee beverages
- Gelatin desserts
- Juice drinks
- Shake mixes
- Pharmaceuticals and supplements, including over the counter medicines
- Soft drinks
- Tabletop sweeteners
- Instant teas and coffees
- Wine coolers
- Yogurt and milk drinks
Research about this ingredient’s toxicity is extremely extensive and has been linked to certain cancers, diabetes and emotional disorders. Aspartame could also be the reason you consume more calories, have cravings and gain weight. While this may seem like a less serious side effect, this is where it all begins. Obesity is the link to all of these health issues and it could all begin with the massively marketed “diet” foods. While you think you are eating something that is less calories, you are consuming a toxin that makes your body think it’s still hungry, and thus you consume more calories.
In the end, you are better off sticking to a clean diet. However, be aware of what to look for when you’re grocery shopping. Look for pseudonyms of aspartame in the ingredients such as: Acesulfame K, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose. These ingredients are all chemically made or artificial sweeteners that you should be on the look out for. Be a smart consumer, try to be aware of the buzz words in snacks and foods like: diet, low-fat, no trans- fat, organic, gluten-free, sugar-free. It’s not always the better option to buy the foods without sugar.
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