Earlier today I went to the super market to pick up essentials. One item I wanted to pick up was greek yogurt. As I stood in front of the dairy cooler I started my comparison of ingredients in each of the containers. If you’ve shopped for yogurt recently the problem lies in the number of types of yogurt products available including flavored, unflavored, lite, non-fat and the lists goes on. Trying to follow my mantra of low fat, low sugar and low glycemic I spent almost 30 minutes comparing and trying to find a healthy yogurt for myself. Among all the different ingredients the one major finding was the tremendous amount of sugar in the various products. Sugar content varied from 6 grams to as much as 32 grams per serving which had a standard serving of one cup. If you don’t take a few moments to compare ingredients you are making a big unhealthy mistake.
Recent research from the University of Colorado Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension found that dietary fructose sugar (high fructose corn syrup) HFCS has been added to many foods that the general public doesn’t even know it’s in and therefore obesity rates have risen simultaneously. There is also more proof that excess HFCS and metabolic syndrome which means the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease along with obity are linked together.
You know it’s bad when the research study included this final piece of advice: “FRUCTOSE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AN ENVIRONMENTAL TOXIN!”
There are numerous other studies and published research on negative reactions that excess sugar and “fake” sugar have on the human body. The many neurotoxins and inflammatory reactions that “fake” sugar has is for another blog. To obtain a healthier you, the first step is to remove all sugar and “fake” sugar from your diet for at least 3 weeks. You will be going through a detox period just like a drug addict because you are addicted to these products but you will feel better, think more clearly and also lose weight.
Don’t let sugar be a JOKE ON YOU!