Sugar Is In Everything!
If you’re anything of a label nazi you’ll know that sugar hides in the most unexpected foodstuffs, it seems sugar is in everything.
Often it’s in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), particularly in drinks of all kinds.
Here in Australia we’re lucky to not have HFCS in our soft drinks.
I say ‘lucky’ because HFCS tends to load on body fat faster than ‘ordinary’ sugar does due to the way our bodies treat fructose. (Yes Virginia, when it comes to the way our bodies process different foods, all calories are not equal).
HFCS can contain up to 65% fructose. ‘Normal’ sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose.
So we Aussies have perhaps tended to consider our soft drinks ‘not as bad’ as those made in the US, where HFCS is a major component in thousands of processed foodstuffs, largely because it’s a lot cheaper than sugar – really, why wouldn’t your average food manufacturer use the stuff, it saves them loads of money.
But, as Sweet Poison author David Gillespie shows in this eye-opening infographic, we Aussies have nothing to be complacent about!
And in case you’re thinking “It’s okay, I only drink sugar-free”, it’s so not okay – that stuff will fry your brain.
Calories and weight aside, sugar has a whole range of negative impacts on your health and emotional wellbeing and ultimately influences negative body image as well.
I know, no good news about sugar anywhere 🙂 So if you can limit the amount of sugar you eat in any one day, you win all round.
That’s not to say that sweet flavours are bad for you – sweet flavours are everywhere in nature (and gee you really notice them more when you’re not eating refined sugars!)
Getting off refined sugar doesn’t have to be painful either – you can get off sugar painlessly. Start with EFT, and get my free Tame Your Sugar Craving audio, it’s crazy-good at helping you quit sugar easily.