We are what we eat. This saying has been around for ages and it is true. This is wonderful if you eat a well balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. But what about sweets or canned foods? Iâm not talking about the natural sweetness of juicy fruits, but rather, the refined sugars that are prevalent in so many of our foods.
Unfortunately, sugar is one ingredient to stay away from. Not only does too much sugar cause weight gain, but can also accelerate the aging process and can even provide fuel for cancer and other health problems. Sugar is addicting and once you start eating it, itâs difficult to give up. As a result, many people suffer poor health when there is a remedy.
Studies have shown that sugar in our bloodstream can attach to proteins. That combination damages other proteins in the area. This process results in what is called advanced glycation end products. It can be shortened to AGEâs. And age is exactly what it does. When the protein called collagen is damaged, you skin begins to show the effects of wrinkles and dull skin.
But proteins are found all throughout the body. Enzymes are proteins and so are antibodies. In fact, proteins make up most of our bodyâs tissues. This means that too much sugar damages these proteins as well, which results in quicker aging and health issues.
Probably one of the most disturbing effects of sugar is the relationship between sugar and cancer. All cells need sugar to grow. As you eat sugar, natural or refined, your body produces insulin and the cells in your body grow. However, if you eat too much sugar the body produces too much insulin. This can encourage cancer cells to grow.
You canât just eliminate all sugar. Itâs impossible. Eating carbohydrates and fruits produce natural sugar. However there are sugars that can, and should be avoided. Sweets, sugary cereals, soda pop, refined grain (the white stuff) and juice drinks all are unhealthy choices.
The best way to reduce the amount of insulin that your body produces is to eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, whole fruits and legumes with a little protein, fat or fiber. Eating them together will help your body process the sugar at a slower rate.
While eliminating sugar isnât a cure-all, it can help improve your health. So whether you want to lose weight, improve the appearance of your skin or be healthier, give up the sugary sweets and soft drinks. Youâll find that in a few weeks, youâll look better, feel better and you really wonât miss the sugar.