About 80% of all processed foods in the US contain added sugar.
I’m not just talking snack cakes and candy bars. Processed foods of all kinds—bread, cereal, spaghetti sauce, barbecue sauce, yogurt—are full of hidden sugar, along with many other nutritionally deficient and toxic ingredients.
The problem is refined sugar, most often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup or white table sugar. These sugars are nothing more than isolated glucose and fructose. In other words, they have been stripped of any and all nutritional value, contain nothing but empty calories, and have detrimental effects on the body.
Fructose, in particular, is quickly converted into liver fat, which can prevent the liver from processing insulin properly. This puts you at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and other serious health conditions.
Sometimes these sugar-loaded foods aren’t as obvious as you might think. Marketing and common food myths can mislead us into believing that we’re making healthy choices when in fact we’re not.
When you start your day with a glass of 100% orange juice, you assume you’re getting a good dose of vitamin C and other nutrients. But what you’re really getting is a more sugar than you bargained for—namely fructose—with no fiber to counteract its effect. Add to that a bowl of cereal or a secretly sugar-laced bran muffin and you have a recipe for a mid-day crash and and mid-life health crisis.
In comparison, eating the whole, fresh orange not only delivers superior nutrition with a fraction of the sugar, but also plenty of fiber to limit sugar absorption and the damaging it can have. By absorbing just the right amount of sugar you get an energy boost while ensuring that it’s used for fuel, not stored as fat.
The answer for health and longevity is simple. Eat REAL food! That’s it.
Always read labels and avoid all artificial sweeteners and refined forms of sugar. Or better yet, buy whole foods that don’t require a label at all!
Here’s an easy place to start: If it came out of the ground, or if it’s from an animal that ate food that came out of the ground, it’s going to be a huge step up from anything processed. From there, you can keep taking steps toward the best quality food and a healthy, whole foods diet free of hidden sugar.
Another simple change that can make a big health and weight loss difference is reducing the likelihood of converting sugar into fat while you sleep by removing all forms of sugar and starch from your last meal of the day. Stick to just protein and veggies in the evening.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, hidden sugar might be what’s holding you back. Ditch processed food and you’ll instantly minimize your sugar consumption. It just might be the thing that helps you break through the plateau! Either way, it will do wonders for your health.