Whats so bad about sugar?
A Co-worker’s birthday sparked a very controversial topic this past week.
Before I was even able to politely decline a piece of “store” bought cake, another co-worker stated” oh she doesn’t eat sugar”. That is all it took, the conversation had started. The “Why”, “oh come on”, “really” “oh it’s not that bad”. How do you inform people who are SO hooked on sugar, on how truly bad it is for your health. Hey, I just a few years back was one of them. I would hear the statement ” Sugar is poison”, and I would shrug it off like it was no big deal. So, in the least most “snobby” way possible( although it always comes across that way) I stated yes, that’s correct I don’t eat sugar. Then the dreaded “WHY” happened… Well, simply put .. it will kill you.
Ok…Ok…. I didn’t say that ( I wanted to) what I really said was .. I don’t eat sugar because of cause and effect.
Did you know...
- 1 iced
“yummy”coffee drinks contain anywhere from 30-40 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 “soda” contains approx: 40 grams of sugar.
- 1 piece of store bought cake contains 10 – 20 teaspoons of sugar
Studies have shown that just (6) teaspoons / 24 grams of sugar = 100 calories
Based of a 2000 calorie intake, the percentage of gaining weight is about 75% higher when you consume sugar. I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to take the 25% chance.
Ever wonder why after you have a sugary treat your looking for something more? The consumption of sugar leads to the spike in insulin followed by a sudden crash. This the best way to eat if you want to constantly be eating every snickers bar in-site. ( That was total sarcasm if you couldn’t tell)
In addition to the outward physical damage of sugar – What about the slloooww death you are doing do your insides…. Even the AHA ( American Heart Association) states”
” … excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients.”
AHA says the word excessive .. I get it, you don’t have “EXCESSIVE” amounts of sugar, but do you??
Remember (1) soda has 40 grams of sugar …. 100 calories = (6) teaspoons / 24 grams of sugar. Oh, yeah AHA also says …
American Heart Association guidelines.
*Women: no more than 100 calories per day which equals 6 teaspoons or 24 grams
*Men: no more than 150 calories per day which equals 9 teaspoons or 36 grams
so let me ask you again..
Do you have an excessive amount of sugar? Personally, I believe that cutting out all sugar is the best possible thing you can do you for body and health. My solution = HONEY!! Raw, local honey.
Raw Honey does not spike your insulin levels. What does that mean you ask? It means no eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream by the pint full like a teenage girl after a breakup.
Actually, Raw Honey lowers blood sugar.
Now its importation to understand the difference from Raw Honey and Pasteurized Honey
Raw honey that has not been heated/ processed. Raw honey contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and LOTS of natural healing properties. Pasteurization kills all the wonderful things that make up what honey was intended for. In fact, pasteurized honey just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.
- aids in body and digestive health
- powerful antioxidant
- strengthens the immune system
- eliminates allergies,
- remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections
- stabilize blood pressure
- balance sugar levels
- relieve pain
- calm nerves
- it has even been used to treat ulcers.
- effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma
- DOWN RIGHT DELICIOUS!!!
We have a local honey farm that we visit at least 3 times a month. Its a mom and pop place that have been in business for more that 30 years. even better if you are not in the area they ship!!!
I have learned how to make some pretty yummy treats if i do say so myself with honey ( will post soon).
Do you all use honey? if so, what is your favorite thing to make, or are you like my husband who just eats it by the spoonful 😉