At Thrive 24hr Fitness in Brookhaven, GA, we create individualized plans of action to help you become your healthiest. Exercise is one important part of that training, but so is adequate nutrition. Each person is different, so the plans are tailored to individual needs. However, there are also general dietary facts that are universally true, like foods with added sugar could be ruining your health. Sugar is in almost every type of processed food, including baby food. Sugar in fruits and vegetables enter the system more slowly because of the fiber in the food. They don’t have the same impact on the body as those with added sugar and contain healthy nutrients to boost health and metabolism.
We may be programmed to love that sweet taste.
There’s still much to learn about how the body functions. Anthropologist are focusing on the evolution of the brain and dietary habits. Some believe that early man innately realized that foods that tasted sweet like fruits and some vegetables were safe to eat, and the body adapted that love for survival. Studies on the brains of pigs, which are similar to humans, show that just 12-days of planned sugar intake made changes in the brain’s dopamine and opioid delivery system. It only took one dose of sugar to make the opioid system active. That system is the reward center of the brain. Just like other triggers to the area, the more you have, the more you want.
Just because it’s natural, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Even though raw honey, one of the healthier forms of sugar, has benefits for the heart and aids in wound healing, like other types of sugar, eating too much isn’t healthy. No matter whether the sugar is natural or altered by manufacturers, foods with added sugar aren’t good for your health. Foods with added sugar increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, diminish the effectiveness of your immune system and accelerate aging.
Some forms of sugar are even worse than others.
HFCS, a combination glucose and fructose, of is one of the hardest on your body. Not only can it cause heart disease, damage to the stomach lining, dementia, diabetes and fatty liver disease, it creates metabolic problems. It confuses the body and does trigger satiety hormones, so blunts your body’s ability to feel full and you eat far more than you would otherwise.
- The more sugar you eat, the more you want. It blunts the sweetness taste buds, so you need more for the sweet taste. Food that has added sugar often don’t taste sweet because of that.
- Dental cavities have always been a problem faced by eating too much sugar. People also associate obesity and diabetes with high intakes of sugar. It’s just as bad as salt if you have high blood pressure, too.
- Sugar combines with protein in your body during glycation. It forms a new molecule called advanced glycation end products—AGEs. They attack collagen and elastin that keep your skin firm and cause premature aging.
- Insulin resistance is a forerunner of diabetes. It also may be responsible for the accumulation of belly fat. Too much sugar can cause that. A healthy diet and regular exercise can reverse the problem.
For more information, contact us today at Thrive 24hr Fitness