In the 80's, it was all about fat - Fat was "bad" & it put on weight. Companies found the perfect marketing opportunity to cut the fat out of their processed foods so that we would buy them. But they still needed to taste good.
Bring in sugar. Something that is low if fat, may mean that it's high in sugar. In fact most manufactured foods these days, have high amounts of sugar.
Many of us get sugar cravings from time to time. It's human nature. But what if we're getting them weekly, daily or even hourly. Chromium & Magnesium are two of the most important nutrients that help sugar to be taken up into the cell to be burnt up. The problem is, most manufactured foods are low in these essential nutrients. Therefore, we get sugar cravings.
.....It's pretty clever really, take nutrients out that will give us sugar cravings & then we buy even more processed foods!
Taking magnesium & chromium as a supplement may help short term, but the real benefit is in changing your diet.
If you get sugar cravings every couple of hours (and possibly suppress hunger with coffee or caffeinated drinks), you may be at risk of type two diabetes. And this is only one of the issues that sugar creates.
We were all lead to believe that fat was bad for us & put on weight. However, if we don't burn up sugar (ie. go for a run after we've had some sugary foods), then the sugar is stored in the body as fat & we can put weight on from sugar.
But be aware. Manufacturers are now noticing that we are waking up to sugar- and they are one step in front of us. They are now creating preservatives & food chemicals which make us addicted to these foods.
The best thing you can do for your body is to stay away from processed foods. Make your own. Have a cooking group where you can be inspired or check out some healthy cooking shows.
Eat lots of vegetables and some fruit. Fruit has natural sugar which is alot better for you.
OK, so we think we're doing the right thing. I used to think that too until I became aware of the hidden sugar in so-called "healthy foods" -here are some of the hidden sugary foods.
1). Most Thai, Indian or Vietnamese food in western culture (not in the countries of origin). Yes, you could be picking a dish with lots of vegetables, but check to see if those vegetables are covered in some sort of sugar.
2). Sauces to add to your vegetables when cooking at home.
3). "Healthfood" bars.
4) Bread from the supermarket - and ask your baker how much sugar he uses.
5). Some crackers & dips.
There are two things you can do:
1). When buying processed foods, look at the nutritional pack for how much sugar is in it. 4.2 g of sugar in the nutritional panel is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar.
2). Buy as little processed foods as possible. It's your future health that's at stake.
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This post is from Andrea Strand, a practicing Naturopath at Empowered Health. To find out how we can help you, call for a free, no obligation 5 minute phone briefing or call to book an appointment and say hello to good health!