Are You A Sugar Junkie?
- Are you addicted to sugary treats and processed foods?
- Do you find that your energy levels are slacking?
- Do you experience highs and lows of energy throughout the day?
- Are you gaining weight and feeling unhealthy?
If you answered YES to any of these you should be taking part in our “NO SUGAR CHALLENGE” (Twitter Hashtag: #ShawNutritionChallenge)
Evidence from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that most adults and children eat more sugar than is recommended as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Many foods that contain added sugars are also high in energy, which is measured in either kilojoules (kJ) or calories (kcal), so eating these foods often can contribute to you becoming overweight.
Food and drinks that have a lot of added sugars contain calories, but often have few other nutrients. To eat a healthy, balanced diet, we should eat these types of foods only occasionally, and get the majority of our calories from other kinds of foods such as starchy wholegrains, fruits and vegetables.
Sugary foods and drinks can also cause tooth decay, especially if you eat them between meals. The longer the sugary food is in contact with the teeth, the more damage it can cause.
The sugars found naturally in whole fruit are less likely to cause tooth decay because the sugars are contained within the structure of the fruit. But when fruit is juiced or blended, the sugars are released. Once released, these sugars can damage teeth, especially if fruit juice is drunk frequently.
Sugar can wreak havoc on your energy levels as it causes your energy to peak quickly and plummet to the floor just as quickly.
Your body craves more of what it already has and Sugar fuels every cell in the brain. Your body needs to move glucose out of the bloodstream and into your cells for energy. To do this, your pancreas makes insulin, a hormone. As a result, your blood sugar level may have a sudden drop. This rapid change in blood sugar leaves you feeling wiped out and shaky and searching for more sweets to regain that sugar “high.” So that midday candy bar has set you up for more bad eating throughout the day.
Where Do You Find Sugar??
High sources are:
- Fizzy drinks
- Energy drinks
- Flavoured milk
- Cereal bars
- Cake and confectionary
- Jam and marmalade
- Desserts and ice-cream
- Fruit in syrup
- Breakfast cereals
- Fast food
Avoid processed, ready packaged foods to cut out sugar- Eat whole foods
Benefits Of Cutting Out Sugar
- More energy
- Clearer skin
- Better mood
- Better concentration
- Weight loss
Get involved and ditch the sugar for 7 days! (Don’t cut out your 7 portions of fruit and veg)
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