The Consequences of Sugar

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I love sugar.  As a kid, I would sneak into the pantry when my mom was grocery shopping for a quick sugar fix.  This love has taken many forms: soda, sweet tea, Arnold Palmer’s, cookies, and iced chocolate mochas.  Did you know that sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine?

For years I struggled with fatigue, sugar crashes during the day. Since I got married my waist line started to expand.  At one point I was considered pre-diabetic and I realized it was time to reduce my sugar intake. Sugar contains no nutritional value, no protein, no healthy fats, and no vitamins. It is not a necessary part of a healthy diet.


Negative impacts of sugar:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • pre-mature aging
  • weight gain
  • sleep trouble
  • cravings
  • stress on the liver
  • decreased short term memory function

For me, it started with being aware I was pre-diabetic and the consequences of my sugar intake.  I began reading labels so I knew how much sugar I was consuming.  That was difficult because sugar has over 20 different names on a nutritional label.

At one point I learned a 32oz Arnold Palmer at Sonic contained 72 grams of sugar.  That was a big wakeup call for me.  I haven’t had one since.  Although I will indulge occasionally, that knowledge has encouraged me to practice self control.

Here are some quick tips for reducing refined sugar intake.

  • Drink 8 glasses of water per day.  Use lemon, lime or wild orange essential oil to help increase intake.
  • Avoid sodas, sports drinks, and all types of juice.
  • Avoid processed foods that contain hidden sugars.
  • Pay attention to starch and carbohydrate consumption as it is processed like sugar.
Don’t think that artificial sweeteners are the answer either. More to come on that next week. I’ll recommend some good sweet alternatives too.
Casey Bresnahan
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