We have heard time and again to watch our sugar intake. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar daily which equates to 350 calories. Removing those added calories from sugar can make a big difference in weight loss (think stubborn belly fat), reduce chronic inflammation and boost your immune system.
Sugar comes in many forms; the most common forms are: natural (dairy and fruit) and added (white sugar in your sugar bowl, soft drinks and desserts). Glucose is the body’s major fuel and is broken down from carbohydrates, a combination of sugar molecules, in the foods we eat. Simple sugars such as sucrose (table sugar) and juice are composed of only one or two sugar molecules and are converted to blood glucose faster than more complex carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables.
Carbohydrates come from all food groups except proteins and fats. Fruits, vegetables, starchy foods, milk and yogurt are all sources of carbohydrates. Simple sugar comes from sweet foods and beverages. Simple sugar is also correlated with tooth caries (cavities), poor energy levels, and can lead to sugar cravings as the body never becomes fully satisfied from healthful foods.
The bottom line is that sugar does one of two things. It either displaces more nutritious foods in your diet, which means you’re screening out nutritious-dense foods, or it adds calories to your diet.
Here are some ways to satisfy sugar cravings:
-Consume Natural Sugar from Berries, Carrots, Beets or Sweet Potatoes
-Get Enough Sleep to Combat Hormones that Lead to Sugar Cravings
-Bitter Foods (Grapefruit, Leafy Greens, Brussel Sports, Radishes and More) Can Lower Your Craving for Sugar
If you need help figuring out a healthy and balanced nutritional plan contact Personal Training by Jenny DeRosa today!
Have a sweet day!