Why Sugar Isn’t So Sweet

Posted on July 20, 2015
People with diabetes must watch their carbohydrate intake. The American Diabetes Association states that the balance between insulin levels in the body and the type of carbohydrates one eats makes a difference in blood glucose levels.
New research gets even more specific. According to Time, cardiovascular research scientists at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute have proven that a calorie from sugar is much more harmful than one from starch, pure glucose, or lactose. Sugar was shown to be the primary driver for type 2 diabetes, as well as a vehicle for obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure. For parents, the wake-up call against this not-so-sweet culprit has been a long time coming. Most of the sugar Americans eat does not come in the form of an apple or strawberry, but from added sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup that provide no nutritional value. But moms and dads all over the country are making a change, for the health of their little ones, and themselves. Have your kids’ taste buds grown addicted to added sugars? Here are some ways to kick the habit:
  • Cut back or limit sugary beverages. Soda should be the first to go. It may seem hard at first, but soon, you’ll be skipping the line at the fountain machine with ease.
  • Check labels. If sugar or high fructose corn syrup is high on the list of ingredients, find another product. Do you really think whole wheat bread should be made with sugar as the primary ingredient?
  • Enjoy fruit. They’re a healthy go-to for those sugar cravings. The fiber found in fruit slows digestion and helps prevent blood sugar increases. And chances are, you won’t binge on a case of apples the way you might a box of cookies.