We often hear conflicting information about sugar from various sources such as social media, fitness blogs, and documentaries. Some people even cut out fruits from their diet just to avoid exceeding their sugar limit. But let’s simplify things:
Sugar tastes great.
It’s not something to fear.
But is sugar bad for you?
While too much sugar (more than 25 grams per day) can lead to health issues like gut imbalance, inflammation, or diabetes, it doesn’t mean we should completely avoid it. We can enjoy sugar mindfully by paying attention to how our body reacts. Before diving into intuitive eating, let’s debunk 5 common sugar myths.
Myth 1: All Sugar is Bad
No sugar is inherently “bad.” There are no “good” or “bad” foods; some just offer more nutrients. Take fruit and cake—our bodies process their sugars similarly. The difference is that the fiber in fruit slows down sugar absorption, preventing blood sugar spikes. So, when deciding between fruit and chocolate, go with what you’re craving.
Myth 2: Artificial Sweeteners Are Better
Swapping sugary foods for low-calorie alternatives seems wise, but studies link artificial sweeteners to risks like high blood pressure and diabetes. These sweeteners may impact blood sugar and gut bacteria, leading to digestive issues. Don’t go out of your way for sugar-free alternatives; they might do more harm than good.
Myth 3: Sugar is Making Us Sick
Eating sugar mindfully won’t make you sick. Toxins in the air, water, and some foods pose a more significant threat. Periodically resetting your gut with a fiber-rich, organic diet can help your body function optimally. The key is to cleanse your body of toxins, not demonize sugar.
Myth 4: Sugar is an Addictive Drug
Your perception of sugar matters. If you believe it’s irresistibly addictive, it might become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Recognize added sugars in processed foods by checking for names like high fructose corn syrup or fruit juice. Understanding these names can reduce mindless cravings.
In conclusion, sugar, when consumed in moderation and in tune with your body’s signals, isn’t the villain it’s made out to be. Enjoy sweet treats without guilt by respecting your body’s limits and channeling your intuition.
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February 8, 2024
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