One of the biggest food curses of the past thirty or so years is the amount of sugar which has crept into our daily diets. Many of us are not even aware of the amount of sugar in our food, especially the processed variety. Manufacturers hide sugar in ‘foods’ by naming them things which in general have an -ose suffix. Glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup and so on are examples of hidden sugars. These sugars are filled with empty and useless calories which in turn have been blamed for the epidemic of obesity which has been so prevalent throughout the West in recent years. There are years of well documented research on this subject catalogued in medical journals, various health and fitness articles and magazines.
The blame for all this sugar consumption cannot be left solely at the feet of the consumer. As illustrated above, it is very difficult to keep track of exactly how much an individual intakes daily unless they are preparing all their own meals, drinks and so on.
Read any health and fitness article and you will see that too much sugar can cause a whole host of serious medical issues such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart problems, some types of cancer, premature aging and can even exacerbate ADD in kids. When put into this perspective sugar certainly doesn’t seem like a naughty little treat now, does it?
So what can you do to help yourself?
One of the best, most rapid and efficient ways you can take care of the body is by ensuring that you hydrate yourself adequately. It is a fact that even 5% dehydration can cause a decrease in physical function by as much as 30%. Always carry water with you as it also has a positive effect on the way in which the body stores fat and sugar.
Low G.I. Foods Are Best
Harness control of your blood sugar by following a glycaemic index diet. Low G.I foods raise blood sugar levels by small amounts over a prolonged period of time thus making the body more stable. High G.I foods are anything processed sugary or similar and shoot levels of blood sugar sky high, thus bringing on cravings for more sugary and unhealthy rubbish.
Swap Unhealthy Foods
It is important to make long term dietary changes to avoid too much sugar in the diet. Little things like swapping white bread for sourdough or whole-wheat is recommended. Boxed supermarket cereals are filled with sugars, yes even the muesli. Instead opt for plain porridge oats with a little fresh fruit mixed in for excitement. At a later date we will look at these swaps in more detail. There are plenty of ways in which to enjoy your food whilst staying healthy. By following our series of nutrition, health and fitness articles over the weeks and months to come, you can find that elusive body and mind balance that we all strive for but so many of us find hard to achieve.
I hope the above has been beneficial to you, and please feel free to comment below