Insulin Resistance Part 2 – Sugar

Today, everybody is talking about sugar after watching 60 Minutes program last night. In short, the program says “new research finds sugar is toxic for our health”. I wish I saw the program but what I read online I totally agree. You be surprise what you find in processed foods as you read the food ingredients. Here is a list of those ingredients that you should avoid in your daily diet: sugar, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, enriched flour, and bleached flour. Surprise with enriched flour! Dr Roizen explains it the best: “[Enriched] means they took all the good stuff out and put a little back.”

What are good sugars? Go for natural: Stevia/Truvia, Honey and Agave.  When baking, I use honey and agave which works well with rising of breads and other bake goods. Some people use unsweetened applesauce when baking but needs to be used with other sweeteners listed above. Some use maple syrup in their baking. Stevia is good in coffee or tea. Fruit is fructose which is not the bad sugar.

Today, consumers have to be smart when shopping food. Next time when you grocery shop read the ingredients first before the food label; you will be surprise what goes into making your foods. When you start avoiding process foods including soda, going for whole foods your body will respond in positive ways including weight loss. Use spices and herbs to add flavors to your food. This is part of your lifestyle, which includes exercise that creates a healthy body and longer life.

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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