Giving Up Sugar Offers Almost Immediate Health Benefits

sugarDid you know that giving up sugar offers almost immediate benefits for your health?

In a recent study involving children, cutting down sugar resulted in significant health improvements in just 9 days.

According to a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, sugar is toxic and being an expert on childhood obesity, he set out to research the impact of reducing sugar on 43 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18.

Among them, there were children suffering from at least one chronic disorder such as high blood pressure.

Results showed a drop in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, better blood glucose levels and ­improved liver function over a period of 9 days, surprising given the short timeframe.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/reduced-sugar-intake-can-have-almost-immediate-health-benefits/news-story/fb6874eb1fe868b143baa56803713988

Here are Some Tricks to Help Overcome Your Sugar Cravings

Sugar Nutritional Info and NewsIt’s common that we crave sugar every now and then, even those of us who are good keeping to our diets.

Here are 5 proven ways to combat your sugar cravings,

  1. Swap out sugar for natural sweeteners that don’t impact your blood sugar such as Xylitol and Stevia.
  2. Start your day with at least 20grams of protein.
  3. Consider supplementing your diet with schizandra – a natural herb/berry that restores normal blood sugar levels and can help reduce need for sugar.
  4. Consider supplementing with chromium.
  5. Add more greens to your diet through smoothies.

See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/5-sneaky-tricks-to-bust-your-sugar-cravings-wcz/#sthash.nTGhitW7.dpuf

 

Anti-Smoking Drug May Help Combat Sugar Addictions

Sugar Nutritional Info and NewsResearchers from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and SRI International in California have found that anti-smoking drugs may actually be useful in combating sugar cravings.

The study conducted on rats found that Champix (Varenicline) which is used to help people stop smoking could also help combat cravings for sugary food and drinks.

The drug works because it targets the “reward pathways” of the brain, areas responding to stimuli. These can range from illegal drugs to gambling, to sugary foods.  Source: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/04April/Pages/Anti-smoking-drug-may-also-help-combat-sugar-cravings.aspx

Sugar Addiction Similar to Narcotics Abuse

junkfoodWe consume sugar on a daily basis, it’s in almost everything we eat yet we may actually be doing our bodies harm with the amount of sugar we put in advertently.

A shocking new study found eating sugar is similar to taking various drugs, according to researchers at Queensland University of  Technology.

The researchers discovered the awful effects of sugar on the brain, even causing changes in behaviour, similarly to the way drugs affect the behaviour of drug addicts.

Find out more at http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/new-research-finds-sugar-addiction-is-like-drug-abuse/news-story/e67611eed4bba66a94e7d945669c22b2

Diabetes Expert Calls for Australia Sugar Tax

junkfoodA leading diabetes expert says Australia should consider a sugar tax, similarly to The UK.

Professor Stephen Colagiuri says implementation of the sugar tax is one way the Government could tackle the problem.

The professor is the only Australian contributor to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) inaugural global report on Diabetes.

See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/australia-urged-to-consider-sugar-tax-amid-grim-diabetes-stats/7305804

Why Cant We Find a Good Alternative to Sugar

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Why is it so difficult to find a good alternative to sugar?

Sugar, or more precisely carbohydrate is behind obesity and heart disease. The UK has recently announced a tax on sugary soft drinks.

An article I recently came across discussed the different sugar substitutes and how they fall short of the real thing.

The article delves into why its been so difficult to find a worthy alternative for sugar to satisfy our addiction to sweetness.

Read more at http://theconversation.com/why-finding-a-real-alternative-to-sugar-is-so-difficult-57003

WHO to Endorse Sugar Tax

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Sugar word cloud concept

The World Health Organisation is planning to endorse an international report calling for a sugar tax.

Despite calls from experts and advisors, many governments are hesitant to introduce such a tax.

The debate is raging in many countries, New Zealand being one  of them where attempts to have high sugar content drinks and food taxed have been repeatedly shut down by the government.

The country apparently has the 4th highest rate of childhood obesity, however the government says there is no evidence to support this theory.

The bottomline is that cutting or reducing sugar intake is important for your health and we shouldn’t wait until a tax is introduced to adjust our diets accordingly.


Read more: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/health/govt-to-endorse-but-not-implement-sugar-tax-2016040412#ixzz44tTNdWvW

Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet in Just 21 Days

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Sugar word cloud concept

We all know by now that too much sugar can lead to high cholesterol, high blood sugar and lead to greater risks of cancer, diabetes and heart disease so removing sugar from your diet is the first step of taking control of your diet and your health.

It is useful to identify the harmful sugars which are artificially made and those that are naturally occurring so that you can cut out the bad ones.

Fibre and antioxidants can be found in naturally occurring sugars so they are better for your health.

For your week by week to-do list go to http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/02/how-to-eliminate-sugar-from-your-diet-in-21-days.html

Beware these “healthy” Beverages

sugarA recent article warned about the hidden sugar content in a number of so-called “healthy” beverages.

Some of the drinks that contain more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), surprisingly include Vitamin Water, Vita Coco coconut water and Naked Kale Blazer.

Just because you think something is “healthy” doesn’t mean it has a low sugar intake, read this article and see why.

Experts Say Australian Sugar Intake Alarming

Sugar Nutritional Info and NewsOver half of all Australians consume more than the maximum recommended daily intake of added sugars, research from the University of Sydney stated. Experts have labelled the revelation as alarming.

The study was published in The British Journal of Nutrition.

Children and adolescents exhibited the worst eating behaviour, with 76 per cent of children aged 9 to 13 exceeded the guidelines for daily sugar intake. We shouldn’t be consuming more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.

The biggest culprits are sugar sweetened beverages were revealed as the greatest source of added sugar in the nation’s diet.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/australias-sugar-intake-described-by-experts-as-alarming-20160321-gnncw5.html#ixzz43XjT6RwW