Refined Sugar

by Brooke Tolman
(last updated January 22, 2014)

Refined sugar can be found in almost everything sweet you bake and buy. It's everywhere. Refined sugar is sugar that has been processed so that it has a more regular texture and flavor. It's the most common type of sugar that we see on a daily basis. Sugar is something practically everyone loves to eat, and unbeknownst to most of them, it's having a harmful effect on their bodies. Most people know how to limit their sugar intake when needed, but what they don't know is that it's one of the worst substances you can put in your body. Sugar can act like a drug to your body, making you easily addicted to it and always craving more. One of the best things you can do for your health and for your body is to cut back on refined sugar, or even cut it out completely. There are a lot of advantages in doing so, some of them include:

  • Increased energy. Within in a few days of cutting back on your sugar intake you'll be able to feel an increase of energy flowing through your body. Every time you eat sugar, it gives you an energy boost, however along with that energy boost comes a severe low afterwards. Making your body go through those ups and downs is unhealthy. By cutting out refined sugar, your body will learn to maintain a high energy level without the help of sugar, making you feel great and giving you the energy you need throughout the day.
  • Weight loss. Many foods we eat are filled with sugar, but aren't very dense, therefore they don't keep us feeling full and satisfied so we keep going back for more. This helps to rake in the calories. By replacing refined sugar with denser foods like fruits (which are still sweet tasting but more healthy) you'll not only be more satisfied, but you'll start to see the effect on your waistline. Eating fruits, which have natural sugars as opposed to refined sugars give you more of your daily vitamins and nutrients as well.
  • Decrease risk of medical problems. An over consumption of refined sugar throughout your life can lead to serious medicals risks such as diabetes. If you control your sugar intake now, you run a lesser risk of developing insulin-related problems in the future. The majority of the cases of diabetes in the United States are due to poor diets and could've been avoidable.
  • Better oral health. As children we were often warned that eating too much candy would rot our teeth, but the same can go for any age. The bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health risks come into play when they come in contact with sugar. So your two options are either, brushing and flossing after every time you eat, or cutting back on your sugar intake.
  • Clearer skin. Sugar intake has been associated with skin clarity by many dermatologists. If you have problems with clear skin, try cutting back on sweets. Without those sweets, less pores will be clogged and people will be able to see your beautiful face better.

When cutting back on sugar is important to remember not all sugars are bad; it's just that an over consumption of refined sugars can be very bad for you. Eat as many natural sugars as you want, because they contain plentiful amounts of vitamins and nutrients. It takes a few days to a week to beat the craving, but once you're over that initial hurtle, avoiding sugar will be easy as making a pie.

Author Bio

Brooke Tolman

Brooke is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She currently resides in Seattle where she works as a freelance data analyst and personal trainer. She hopes to spend her life camping and traveling the world. ...

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