Not so sweet Sugar
Weight loss will be easier if you cut down on the amount of sugar in your diet. There are many variations of white & brown sugar & with so many different names it’s no wonder we have little idea about how much of it we are taking in through our diet each day.
Sugar in all of its forms, is broken down into glucose very rapidly. If glucose levels are high & not being used to create energy the body senses this & stimulates the pancreas to release insulin. This hormone encourages the body to store excess glucose in the liver & muscles for use later on. Once these stores are full—glucose is stored as fat.
So a diet of foods that are broken down into glucose quickly will stimulate insulin production and add to your fat stores.
The Fat Free Myth
Sugars are almost always added to processed or ready-made foods & it’s not uncommon for foods to contain more than one type of sugars.
The more sugar there is in a product the less fat it contains which allows the manufacturers to claim that it is low in fat.
If you choose a low fat muffin over a normal muffin, the calorie count may be lower but more than likely, the low fat muffin will have a much higher sugar content. This makes it a simple carbohydrate.
The body can convert it from food to glucose with ease. As a result, blood glucose levels rise & insulin is released which in turn, increases fat stores in the body.
Sweeteners are added to so-called diet drinks & processed foods and have the same undesired effect on your body as sugar
Alternative names for sugar
- Malt extract
- Rice syrup
- Rice extract
- Golden syrup
- Invert sugar
- Corn syrup
Now you see why reading the labels is so important!