I’m going to take it a step further and add that eating ANY processed carbs are a big No, No. 

Let me start off by saying that I am not suggesting leaving out carbs altogether.  Our bodies need carbs. However, we should only eat natural, unprocessed carbohydrates.  Blueberries are an essential fruit that we should all add to our diets.  Raspberries and blackberries are also great examples of natural, healthy carbs.  These berries contain minimal sugars while also providing key nutrients and antioxidants for our bodies.  Grapes, bananas and apples are still good but, contain high amounts of sugar.  

I personally eat these foods when my body is craving sugar.  If this is the case for you, instead of reaching for chips, cereal, muffins, crackers, etc. go for the fruit instead.  Keep in mind that a lot of fruits do contain high amounts of sugar so, please do not scarf down an entire bag of grapes like I used to. Eating a smart amount will help curb your craving while providing your body with important nutrients to help keep you healthy.

Excessive consumption of sugar, especially added sugars, has been associated with an increased risk of various diseases and health conditions. Here are some examples of diseases that have been linked to high sugar intake:

  1. Type 2 Diabetes: Excessive sugar consumption, particularly from sugar-sweetened beverages and highly processed foods, is a known risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. A diet high in added sugars can lead to insulin resistance, impaired glucose metabolism, and increased blood sugar levels over time.

  2. Obesity: High sugar intake, especially in the form of sugary drinks and processed foods, has been linked to weight gain and obesity. Sugary foods and beverages are typically high in calories but low in nutritional value, which can contribute to an imbalance in energy intake and increase the risk of overweight and obesity.

  3. Cardiovascular Disease: A diet high in added sugars has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and dyslipidemia. High sugar intake can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, inflammation, and elevated triglyceride levels, all of which are risk factors for cardiovascular issues.

  4. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): Excessive sugar consumption, particularly in the form of fructose, can contribute to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The liver converts excess fructose into fat, which can lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver and subsequent liver damage.

  5. Dental Problems: Consuming excessive amounts of sugar, especially in the form of sugary beverages and candies, increases the risk of dental cavities and tooth decay. Harmful bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars and produce acids that can erode tooth enamel and lead to dental problems.

  6. Metabolic Syndrome: Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Excessive sugar consumption has been linked to an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

It’s important to note that while excessive sugar intake can contribute to the development of these diseases, they are multifactorial conditions influenced by various factors, including genetics, overall diet, lifestyle, and other environmental factors. Adopting a balanced and nutritious diet, limiting added sugars, and practicing moderation in sugar consumption can help reduce the risk of these diseases and promote overall health. It’s always a good idea to consult with healthcare professionals for personalized advice based on your specific health needs.

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