Replace The Added Sugars = Less Wrinkles and Better Health
You might not remember this, but there was a Ricky Williams interview on 60 minutes a few years ago. The interviewer wanted to find out how and why he would risk a million dollar career in football, because he could not stop smoking week. It was interesting, but most people concluded Williams was just foolish, not able to relate to his reasoning. Ricky Williams did end the interview with a very profound statement. He said there’s a more dangerous substance that EVERBODY uses, and the interviewer asked, what is that? In one word, Williams replied SUGAR!
Do you ever go one day without sugar? Think about that, a day and night without added or natural sugars. Studies show the average adult living in the U.S. consumes about 19 teaspoons of added sugars every single day, including hidden sugars. We are not medical professionals at Tight-N-Tone Fitness Studio but that type of consumption might classify you as an addict, or a fiend.
By the time we are in highschool, most people realize sugar is very addictive, and not healthy for you. Well…we are going to share a few healthy alternatives we have used during our journey. After changing our behavior in the house for a few months our bodies have changed for the better. Less added sugars and more natural sugars lead to weight loss, prettier skin and better energy.
You need good energy to get the most out of what your body can do. Good energy helps you keep up with the kids, complete a tough workout, and out work the competition. We also want to list some of the negative effects of sugars so you know why you should make adjustments.
First, let’s start with the types of sugars:
Glucose a simple sugar, (WebMD says) it’s a type of sugar you get from foods you eat, and your body uses it for energy.
Sucrose is commonly known as table sugar, and is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. Fruits and vegetables also naturally contain sucrose. (per SFGate)
Fructose is a sugar found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and added to various beverages such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks. However, it is very different from other sugars because it has a different metabolic pathway and is not the preferred energy source for muscles or the brain.(per SFGate)
How much sugar should you have per day?
For a 2,000-calorie diet, 5% would be 25 grams. Limit daily sugar to 6 tsps (25 g) for women, 9 tsps (38 g) for men. Yet, the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. (per SugarScience.UCSF.edu)
Up to 10 – 20% of calories as sugar can become a major problem and lead to nutrient deficiencies, or a fatty liver. Consuming lots of added sugars or hidden sugars(cereal for example) is found to be associated with diabettes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, and cognitive disorder. Sugar consumption can drive inflamation, which can lead to disease.
Sugar is a leading contributor to obesity in both children and adults. Added sugars lead to decreased satiety(feeling of being full). It even leads to wanting more sugars. Having too much sugar can cause insulin resistance, which can lead to metabolic syndrome and diabettes. That’s a lot of negatives to voluntarily do to yourself everyday, right?
Wrinkled skin, who’s rushing to have that?
“High sugar consumption leads to glycation. Most vulnerable to damage: collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic”.
“Many prepared foods contain hefty amounts of sugar—but it’s hidden under aliases—including barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, and turbinado—on ingredient panels”, says Karyn Repinski, in Face facts about sugar.
Well, here are some alternatives that we have been enjoying in place of table sugar in drinks and foods. Try them out if you get a chance and tell a friend or family member. Now, sometimes sugar alternatives can seem expensive, we know! The good news is that the best sugar alternative is free! It’s called NO SUGAR. You’re not a fiend, so you can handle that right? Lol.
1. Raw Honey- Honey is more than a sweetener, it heals, and can be consumed like food. Raw Honey contains electrolytes, amino acids, and antioxidants, and antihistamines that help with allergies. A tablespoon or two…or (three for me) per day is a safe amount. You can also use it directly on skin(facial mixtures), directly on cuts or wounds, or in a warm wet towel over the face to breath in for allergies.
Date syrup or Date sugar- Dried dates can be ground to a natural sugar granule. Drew has been making date syrup, hit this link to view. Let whole medjool dates soak in your oats and grains, or pour the syrup in cereal and teas. Dates are sweet, high in fiber and potassium, slowly absorbs sugar in the body. It’s the highest alternative sugar in vitamins and minerals. Dates help balance electrolytes which is good for the athlete in you.
3. Agave nectar- Made from the Blue Agave plant, contains glucose and natural fructose. It’s sweeter than sugar, so you can use less of it for a similar effect. Agave has the same number of calories as sugar though. “Agave is low on the glycemic index, which means it doesn’t raise blood glucose levels as dramatically as high fructose corn syrup or cane sugar. It’s grown organically and is also gluten-free and vegan”!(per TheTierraGroup) Try some in your coffee and be pleasantly surprised.
Try these alternatives when you can and transition over to help maintain your best health and glowing tight skin. There are more alternatives, these are just a few we have tried so far.