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Let’s Talk Sugar.
Guest Post: Dayna Langlois
I’m super excited to introduce Dayna, of Make Lasting Change, to you guys. Dayna doesn’t sugar coat anything, because…well…she quit that sh*t. Be sure to check out our video about debunking “healthy” snacks below!
Let’s talk sugar…
Natural Sugars: Yes or No?
Yesterday I received an email with a great question; a question I get often:
“What about Fruit and Natural Sugars, what is your opinion?”
Find the Fructose
Fruits like watermelon, pineapple, banana and mangos are among the highest in the fructose levels. Personally I do enjoy a piece or two, but use this metaphor: When it comes to candy do you eat the whole bag, or have one or two pieces? Apply this to nature’s candy as well. Instead of eating the whole mango, maybe have one slice every now and then. If you are craving this treat, don’t feel the need to avoid it, just think about the amount you are ingesting.
Berries have a ton of natural fibre so it offsets the sugar. These are my go to! I eat them every morning with breakfast, on top of my oats or on their own. I add them to my water, or use them as a sweet snack in the summer. Yet even with berries I still consume in moderation. A whole container of blueberries is going to spike those blood sugar levels, while 5 or 6 will be just the yummy treat you are craving.
When it comes to natural sugars like maple syrup, dates, agave, coconut sugar, cane sugar, and honey… I just don’t got there. They are hot topics right now especially in vegan foods. I am a huge supporter of veganism, I think it can be great whole lifestyle, but my biggest obstacles are when ordering at vegan restaurants. I find they often remove the animal products and replace it with these trendy sugary substances, which is a reason we often see vegans who still suffer from weight issues or other health related issues.
These natural sugars actually have higher fructose levels than refined sugar. Yes they are less processed but the sugar impact is just as high or higher. I do not use these at all. A great alternative is Stevia.
Any time we up the fructose levels we get all the negative impacts like the Belly bloat, weight gain, acne, digestion issues, anxiety, depression, inflammation, the list goes on! Fructose is what is detrimental to our health, and causes chaos. It is the substance that keeps us addicted.
So in summary:
✔ Fruit is a must – just be smart on your portion sizes
✖ Popular “healthy sugars” – I just don’t do
For more on the facts behind fructose, visit: https://iquitsugar.com/faqs/glucose-better-fructose/
I am a Mind, Body and Business coach; helping to make mindfulness mainstream and help people to fall in love with themselves; to be unapologetically true to who they are. I inject the world with Creativity, Happiness, Positivity and FUN!
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