Healthy Shopping Tip: Hidden Sugar. [VIDEO]
Ohhhhhh, don’t get me started about sugar! If you’ve worked with me, or if you know me at all, you know that I am a crusader against the dangers of excess sugar - in all its forms. I even wrote a little book about it that you can pick up HERE for under $3 (shameless plug, I know).
Sugar Is No Joke.
Sugar is no joke. It’s one of the biggest reasons that people become sick and overweight. And when I talk to people about sugar, I tend to get one of the following two responses:
They look at me like I’m crazy and think I’m being ‘alarmist’ and ‘extreme’ for trying to link sugar to cancer and heart disease.
They insist that they don’t have a problem with sugar because they never eat sweets.
Well, here’s what I have to say about all THAT:
How Sugar Can Burn Down Your House (so to speak).
Sugar creates inflammation in the body. You know what it’s like when something in your body gets inflamed, right? A sore tooth, a cut that gets red and infected, swollen glands, a sore throat, achy joints. Those are all examples of inflammation. It’s a sign that something is WRONG. If you don’t deal with it, the problem gets worse.
Well, that’s what sugar does inside your cells and your organs. It makes everything get a little…..hot and angry. And, if left unchecked - or if you keep adding more sugary fuel to the burgeoning fire - you’re going to burn down your whole ‘house’.
Most diseases begin as inflammation - and most doctors would agree that if you can reduce the inflammation in your body, you have a much better chance of warding off chronic disease.
So one place where you have a ton of control is with SUGAR.
Why You May Have A Sugar Problem Even If You Think You Don’t.
Now - I don’t care if you stand on your head and swear up and down that you DON’T have a sweet tooth and you NEVER eat sweets. I would be willing to wager a box of vegan cupcakes that you are eating WAY more sugar than you think you are - and that’s where today’s video comes in.
They (you know - ‘they’) add sugar to e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. It is hiding out in places where it has absolutely no business being. So, though you may not be eating cookies, candy, and fruit punch every day, I’ll bet that you do occasionally enjoy bread, peanutbutter, pasta sauce, salad dressing, chips, crackers, beans, soups - and the list goes on.
Just because you wouldn’t expect to find sugar in your mayonnaise…..doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
There’s so much more to say about hidden sugar in our diets - and the foods that turn INTO sugar quickly once you’ve eaten them - but, for now, please watch the video and then leave me a comment letting me know the most surprising place you ever found sugar as an ingredient!
P.S. For more information about how much sugar your body actually needs - and how to wean yourself off of it, check out my nifty little eBook Shake The Sugar, Kick The Caffeine: Alternatives For A Healthier You. It’s only $2.99, man.