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Sugar and its effects

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Would you survive longer on a diet of just water OR on a diet of water and refined sugar?

The answer: You would survive longer on just water.

Sound impossible? Just ask the five sailors who were ship wrecked in 1793.

The ship was filled with sugar, thus giving the marooned five a diet of sugar and water. When they were finally picked up, nine days later, they were in a wasted condition due to starvation.

The story of the five sailors intrigued French physiologist Francois Magendie to conduct a series of experiments in which he fed dogs a diet of sugar. All of the dogs died.

Magendie proved that as a steady diet, refined sugar is worse than nothing.

How can sugar be worse than nothing? Plainly put, refined sugar is an anti-nutrient.

It starts out as sugar cane, and then goes through an extensive refining process that destroys all of the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals. What you’re left with are empty, naked calories.

The problem is that your body needs the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals that were taken out in the refining process in order to metabolize sugar and use it as energy. So it takes those nutrients from your own body.

So while you are enjoying that chocolate bar, sugar is draining vital nutrients from your body. Like a sweet parasite.

And it doesn’t end there…

Sugar creates false hunger (as a result of the insulin rush and then ensuing plummet in your blood sugar levels), which makes you overeat. This means a constant struggle with your weight in which you never seem to achieve your ideal size.

Sugar promotes aging (due to the advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, that occur when insulin levels are consistently elevated as a result of eating too much sugar). Sugar has even been dubbed the negative fountain of youth.

Sugar weakens your bones – making you vulnerable for osteoporosis, and weakens your teeth – making you vulnerable for cavities (both due to the calcium being pulled from your bones and teeth in order for your body to process sugar).

Sugar in excess is stored as fat (after your liver has no more room to store it, sugar is converted to fat and deposited on your belly, thighs, hips and the backs of your arms).

Sugar can impair brain functioning (as a result of depleted B-vitamin production).

If you’re still not convinced of the danger of sugar here are more ailments linked to its overconsumption: varicose veins, constipation, hormonal imbalances, ADD and ADHD, increased emotional instability, depressed immune system, increased risk of cancer and degenerative diseases.

The average modern person consumes 46 teaspoons of sugar every day. That comes out to roughly 175 pounds of sugar each year.

And it’s no wonder, since sugar industry is big business. They sneak sugar into any product that they can.

Go through the foods in your home and you’ll see that sugar has been added to everything from ketchup and spaghetti sauce to crackers, oatmeal, peanut butter and even ‘healthy’ items like weight loss bars.

Where does this leave you?

You are in a unique position. Your personal judgment determines the foods that you eat and the foods that you avoid. It is my hope that you approach sugar with new eyes.

While all other foods offer you caloric energy PLUS some nutritional benefit, sugar doesn’t. Sugar is simply caloric energy with a sweet habit forming taste, and a hoard of health risks.

Use your judgment wisely and limit your sugar consumption – you’ll love the benefits of low sugar living.

And while you’re at it contact me to start a training program that will turbo-charge your results.

(Oh and if you’re ever in a ship wreck with only sugar and water at your disposal – just drink the water!)

The Many Names of Sugar

While you’re checking out nutrition labels for sugar content be on the lookout for the following names that all describe refined sugar:

Sucrose
High fructose corn syrup
Fructose
Lactose
Organic sugar
Maltose
Dextrose
Glucose

Lentil Fruit Salad
This recipe is as refreshing as it is nutritious. Plump black lentils mixed with chunks of mango, strawberries, tomatoes and onions will tease your taste buds into submission. A splash of balsamic vinegar is the only flavoring that this colorful salads needs. Serve as a side dish or as a light meal.
Yield: 3 serving

Here’s what you need…

1 cup black lentils, cooked
1 medium mango, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium tomato, chopped
6 medium strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the lentils in a medium bowl. Chop the fruit and onions, add to lentils.
Add balsamic vinegar to the lentils and fruit, mix until well combined.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 148 calories, 1g fat, 27g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, and 9g protein.

Written by kiransawhney

May 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Posted in control diabetes

Turn Vegetarian

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If you want to achieve good health, turning vegetarian is one great option. Vegetarian foods are satisfying, delicious and healthy.
Lets look at few definitions
Vegetarian: Avoids meat, fish and poultry.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Include dairy products and eggs in their diet.
Vegans: They are pure vegetarians and eat no meat, fish, poultry, eggs or dairy products.

Advantages of turning vegetarian

Lower Cholesterol Vegetarian meal is typically low in saturated fat. Since Cholestrol is found only in animal products such as meat, dairy and eggs, vegans consume a cholesterol free diet. Also replacing animal protein with plant protein lowers blood cholesterol levels. Low fat, vegetarian diet has a clear advantage over other diets.

Low Blood Pressure:When patients with High blood pressure eliminate meat from their diet, the results are very favorable.

Controls Diabetes:Best dietary prescription for controlling diabetes is a diet high in complex carbohydrates which are found in plant foods and low in fat. Avoiding fat, reduces the high risk of heart disease too. Plant based diets can also help to reduce insulin needs.

Cancer Prevention: Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries where diets are typically plant based. Vegetarians also have significantly less colon cancer than meat-eaters. This is so because vegetarian diet is lower in fat and higher in fiber than meat based diet. Also vegetarians consume more of plant pigment beta-carotene. This explains why they have less lung cancer also. Natural sugars in dairy products may raise the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Researchers have still not been able to explain why vegetarians have more of certain white blood cells, called natural killer cells, which are able to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

Less Kidney stones and gallstones:Vegetarians reduce their risk of having kidney stones and gallstones. They also lower the risk of osteoporosis. High intake of animal protein leads to loss of calcium from bones.

In my next article I will give you some very interesting Tips for switching to a vegetarian diet.

Turn Vegetarian

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If you want to achieve good health, turning vegetarian is one great option. Vegetarian foods are satisfying, delicious and healthy.
Lets look at few definitions
Vegetarian: Avoids meat, fish and poultry.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Include dairy products and eggs in their diet.
Vegans: They are pure vegetarians and eat no meat, fish, poultry, eggs or dairy products.

Advantages of turning vegetarian

Lower Cholesterol Vegetarian meal is typically low in saturated fat. Since Cholestrol is found only in animal products such as meat, dairy and eggs, vegans consume a cholesterol free diet. Also replacing animal protein with plant protein lowers blood cholesterol levels. Low fat, vegetarian diet has a clear advantage over other diets.

Low Blood Pressure:When patients with High blood pressure eliminate meat from their diet, the results are very favorable.

Controls Diabetes:Best dietary prescription for controlling diabetes is a diet high in complex carbohydrates which are found in plant foods and low in fat. Avoiding fat, reduces the high risk of heart disease too. Plant based diets can also help to reduce insulin needs.

Cancer Prevention: Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries where diets are typically plant based. Vegetarians also have significantly less colon cancer than meat-eaters. This is so because vegetarian diet is lower in fat and higher in fiber than meat based diet. Also vegetarians consume more of plant pigment beta-carotene. This explains why they have less lung cancer also. Natural sugars in dairy products may raise the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Researchers have still not been able to explain why vegetarians have more of certain white blood cells, called natural killer cells, which are able to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

Less Kidney stones and gallstones:Vegetarians reduce their risk of having kidney stones and gallstones. They also lower the risk of osteoporosis. High intake of animal protein leads to loss of calcium from bones.

In my next article I will give you some very interesting Tips for switching to a vegetarian diet.

Turn Vegetarian

with one comment

If you want to achieve good health, turning vegetarian is one great option. Vegetarian foods are satisfying, delicious and healthy.
Lets look at few definitions
Vegetarian: Avoids meat, fish and poultry.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Include dairy products and eggs in their diet.
Vegans: They are pure vegetarians and eat no meat, fish, poultry, eggs or dairy products.

Advantages of turning vegetarian

Lower Cholesterol Vegetarian meal is typically low in saturated fat. Since Cholestrol is found only in animal products such as meat, dairy and eggs, vegans consume a cholesterol free diet. Also replacing animal protein with plant protein lowers blood cholesterol levels. Low fat, vegetarian diet has a clear advantage over other diets.

Low Blood Pressure:When patients with High blood pressure eliminate meat from their diet, the results are very favorable.

Controls Diabetes:Best dietary prescription for controlling diabetes is a diet high in complex carbohydrates which are found in plant foods and low in fat. Avoiding fat, reduces the high risk of heart disease too. Plant based diets can also help to reduce insulin needs.

Cancer Prevention: Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries where diets are typically plant based. Vegetarians also have significantly less colon cancer than meat-eaters. This is so because vegetarian diet is lower in fat and higher in fiber than meat based diet. Also vegetarians consume more of plant pigment beta-carotene. This explains why they have less lung cancer also. Natural sugars in dairy products may raise the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Researchers have still not been able to explain why vegetarians have more of certain white blood cells, called natural killer cells, which are able to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

Less Kidney stones and gallstones:Vegetarians reduce their risk of having kidney stones and gallstones. They also lower the risk of osteoporosis. High intake of animal protein leads to loss of calcium from bones.

In my next article I will give you some very interesting Tips for switching to a vegetarian diet.