What sugar can do to your body?
You are aware that too much sugar is not good for your health. Sugar has been shown to promote fat storage and weight gain, impair immune system, increases blood sugar and induces oxidative stress in the body. Increased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is highly associated with obesity.
How sugar gets stored in our bodies
Sugar stimulates a fat-storing hormone called insulin, which is secreted by your pancreas. The more sugar you eat, the more insulin your body secretes and that means you gain more and more fat. The favourite spot where insulin likes to store this fat is the stomach. I’m sure you have seen many guys with these big bellies (aka “pot or beer belly”) walking around.
How sugar appears in our food
Sugar comes in different forms in our foods. This is how the food industry adds sugar into the food since there are numerous synonyms for sugar. Next time you go shopping, watch out for some of these words on the food labels:
- High fructose corn syrup
- Hydrolyzed starch
- Maple syrup
- maltodextrin, etc.
If you are serious about your health and also want to lose weight eat less food with all the ingredients mentioned above. Here is an important message that you must always remember: ‘Do not drink your sugar, Eat your sugar’.
When you drink sugar in a liquid form, especially sugar containing beverages (including fruit juices) we tend to drink more which result in taking too much calories. This will lead to overeating resulting into weight gain, insulin resistance and elevated triglycerides.
How should you eat your sugar?
The best thing you can do for yourself is to try and avoid sugar sweetened beverages since they contain too many calories that will quickly feel your stomach. Rather eat your sugar from natural, whole foods such as fruits because when you consume sugar from fruits you are also consuming other nutrients including fiber. Fiber will slow down the sugar uptake in your blood stream, preventing insulin from spiking so that you don’t store too much fat.
Here is another take home message:
Your body can only use carbohydrates once they are broken down and converted into sugar in your body. It is important to cut down on high carbohydrates foods such as pasta, rice, bread to ensure that you do not gain extra pound!