Sweet Tooth

BE AWARE!


Imagine our favorite superhero, M.C, grabbing his favorite cup of coffee in his local coffee shop 5 minutes before he foresees himself saving Mrs. Perkins kitty that’s stuck in the tree for the sixth time this month.  He knows that his schedule is hectic, so he frantically gets his coffee before his morning gets crazy; come on, M.C is no good without his morning coffee.  He walks to the coffee supply station to make this seemingly life or death decision of should he have natural sugar or sweetners to get him through the day.  


Let’s face it, sugars as a whole isn’t good for us at all, but fighting this battle of whits, we need to know is natural sugar more healthy than artificial sugars even though the artificial ones has no calories? What do they do to my body? Is there ANYTHING I can have to relieve my sweet tooth?




The Battle of a Lifetime

M.C finally gets Mrs. Perkins kitty down, but still has this sugar dilemma pressed on his mind.  When we talk about natural sugars, we have to be aware that the term “natural sugars” come in several different forms.  Coconut sugar, agave nectar, honey, & molasses are the most common and well respected forms of sugars, even though honey and molasses has been been deemed the crowning jewel to replace table sugar.  The glycemic index (GI) for honey is the same as natural table sugar, but agave nectar has been pushed because it has a lower glycemic load, but it also has similar properties to the infamous high fructose corn syrup, which converts sugar into fat much more easily.  


There are however many different types of artificial sweeteners while Aspertame is the most common ingredient for foods that are processed as sugar-free.  The most common name for aspertame are popular brand names like Equal & NutriSweet, but the most ironic part about these artificial sweetners are that they are 200 times sweeter than natural sugars.  Another sweetner that goes the extra mile is Splenda because it doesn’t pass through the body and piles on more body fat, but it is 600 times more sweet than natural table sugar.  Again, it’s safe to say that it’s better to avoid sugars all together, but staying away from anything that has the worst and most addicting type of “sugar”, high fructose corn syrup, is a MUST!




That Sugarish Foe

The next scene is set in a lair under a volcano, Dr. High Fructose Corn Syrup plans his next attack on the world to increase obesity, inject other diseases like diabetes, & to make him addicting enough for people to want more and more of him.  


We are continuing to have fun with this comic book themed blog post, but the severity of this legally lethal drug is nothing that should be played with.  High fructose corn syrup should be avoided at all cost.  It’s basically in all processed foods & sugar sweetened drinks because is cheap to produce.  The Huffington Post wrote in their article, “Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup”, “In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year”.  Can you imagine that? We’ve gone from teaspoons to POUNDS!  If that’s not an alarming change rate than I don’t know what is.  Understanding why high fructose is dangerous, I feel that it’s necessary to point light on how it’s made in the first place.  In a nutshell, the naturally bound together glucose and fructose is separated.  Since they are now separated, the fructose part of the compound is now the head liner in generating fat called lipogenesis from it being directed to the liver.  


This creates fatty liver which causes:

Heart attacks

Strokes

Cancer

Dementia

Type 2 diabetes 


Of course at M.C Health & Wellness we continue to have a little fun with our reader so you can both be informed and entertained, but with this light heartedness, please take heed to the dangers that can be faced if you’re not being careful with your sugar intake and especially the types of sugars that you allow in your body.  Having one or two sweets here and there isn’t a huge problem, but you should consider is if you’ve earned the right to have that one cheat day, and when you do have that cheat day, are you still respecting your body and the progress that you’ve made.  Make sure that you aren’t putting your hard work down the drain for a cookie or two.

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