The Sweet Life

As many of you may already know, I’m passionate about health and fitness. If I could create a new job for myself I would be a Health Educator.  Come to think to it, it’s never too late to start! I guess my blog is as good a place as any to share some of the latest information out there.

This first post in my new position as your Online Health Awareness Educator, is All About Sugar!  That’s right, sugar.  No matter how sweet it is, the research shows that sugar is not something you want as a main staple in your diet.  Diabetes, Heart Disease, Liver Disease, Cancer and Obesity are all health issues that Sugar plays a major role in.

This is a great article explaining how Sugar impacts the body and contributes to the health issues I referenced above.

Unfortunately, Sugar is the master of disguise and comes hidden in many forms such as honey, agave, high fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice, just to name a few. In addition, sugar is added to so many popular convenience foods, even the “healthier” ones.  Many people think they don’t have a sweet tooth but don’t realize how much added sugar is already in their diet.

Another important thing to pay attention to is the difference between Glucose and Fructose.  Glucose can be metabolized by almost every cell in the body, Fructose is almost entirely metabolized in the liver.  So, if you think heavy alcohol consumption is the only danger to the liver, think again.  Check out this link for a simple breakdown of the types of sugar and what you need to be looking for.

While I’m used to mass marketing of sugary products by major manufacturers, which is a huge impact of our rise of disease, what also frustrates me is what I see on the internet. Particularly in the land of social media and local “celebrity” bloggers.  There are many supposed “healthy” bloggers out there who talk about living a balanced lifestyle.   I’m sorry, a half a cup of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey has 300 calories with 28 grams of sugar.  That means 1/3rd of that half a cup is all sugar!  The recommendations from the American Heart Association on daily added sugar is 25 grams/6 teaspoons for women and 36 grams/9 teaspoons for men. Click here for more info:

What bothers me most is many of us, myself included, follow blogs.  Being an amateur blogger myself, there are so many great ones out there that I really enjoy following.  But remember, many popular bloggers out there are not experts in nutrition, especially many of the Fitness Professionals, be it a Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor or the like.

And just because they are incorporating baked goods, sweets and decadent ice cream into their day, it doesn’t mean you should be doing the same.  Don’t get me wrong.  Of course you are going to have special celebrations, parties, and holidays where you should let yourself enjoy your favorite desert.  If you care about your health, they shouldn’t be daily occurrences, whether you are trying to lose weight or not.  Just because someone is “skinny” or looks super fit, does not mean their insides are healthy.  Remember, heart disease is the #1 Killer of Women (and men)!  Sugar is a big deal when it comes to your heart health.

There are so many ways to satisfy your “sweet” tooth that don’t involve compromising your health. I’ll conclude with this short but powerful segment on sugar that I hope you will ALL take the time to watch.  Remember, your health is worth it.

In good health my friends!