Sugar’s Impact on Our Health: Understanding its Effects

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The love-hate relationship with sugar is real. We all crave the sweet taste of decadent desserts, but hate the crash that follows. Sugar addiction seems to plague us all, making it a never-ending battle between our taste buds and health goals. Although sugar is a common ingredient found in many of our favorite foods and drinks, excessive consumption can have negative impacts on our health, leading to weight gain, insulin resistance, inflammation, and an increased risk of chronic diseases.

However, cutting sugar out entirely is not the solution. Cutting back and increasing the quality is attainable and worth it. At OnPoint Nutrition, we believe in a balanced diet that includes indulgences and foods clients love. We provide the facts so clients can make appropriate decisions about their consumption and aim for a happy balance between enjoying sweet treats and treating their bodies with respect for good nutrition.

There are two forms of natural sugars: lactose found in milk and fructose found in fruits and some vegetables. Consuming these natural sugars in moderation provides essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In contrast, added sugars are harmful to our health when consumed excessively. They are sugars and syrups added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation, leading to weight gain and an increased risk of chronic diseases.

Breaking the cycle of sugar addiction can be challenging but not impossible. Mindful consumption by reading food labels and avoiding processed foods that contain added sugars is a great start. Opting for whole, unprocessed foods that contain natural sugars like fruits and vegetables is another way to reduce sugar cravings. A balanced diet that includes protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, physical activity, and stress management can all help reduce sugar cravings.

Moderation is key in enjoying an occasional sweet treat without harming our health. By being mindful and making better food choices, we can ensure that sugar works for us, rather than against us in our diets.

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