Sugar Addiction? – Learn How to Avoid It
Sugar is very addictive and can contribute to all types of health problems. Even when you think that you are eating healthy, there could be sugar involved. Unless you understand the types of sugar names on food labels, you probably have no clue that you are eating it.
How to Avoid Sugar All Together
Living a clean eating lifestyle can help you to avoid sugar for good. The reason being, that eating clean involves eating whole, natural foods. This means that you are not eating processed foods which can contain sugar. A good way to know if what you are about to eat is natural, just ask yourself, "Is this man-made?" If it comes in a box, jar, or other type of packaging, then think twice.
Even if you think a "health food" is sugar free, you may want to check out the label. Sugar has many names:
Types of Sugar by Name
What About Eating Fruit?
Fruit is a natural food and the sugar in fruit (fructose) is handled well by the body as far as digestion goes. It also doesn't fluctuate blood sugar levels the way refined sugar does. However, the sugar contained in fruit can still cause problems for some people.
Fructose is processed in the liver and when too much fructose is consumed, the liver cannot process is fast enough and begins to make fat from the fructose which is then sent into the bloodstream.
Keeping this in mind, it's a good idea to monitor your beverages as well. This includes fruit juices without added sugar and even skim milk:
...juice — 100 percent juice, no sugar added — contains about the same amount of sugar (or even more — 50 percent more for grape juice) as the same volume of Coke. [Source: HookedOnJuice.com]
Pasteurized skim milk isn’t a great choice either. Because the fat is removed and much of the nutrition is destroyed during pasteurization, there’s not much left except for milk sugar. [Source: NaturalBias.com]
Sugar is everywhere which is why eating clean is an ideal way to keep it out of your diet. Are you trying to tackle your sugar cravings? What do you substitute instead?
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