Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet in Just 21 Days

Sugar word cloud concept
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.

UK Sugar Tax Welcomed by Health Campaigners

softdrinksThe UK government will introduce a sugar levy on soft drinks in 2 years time, according to a surprise government announcement made last week.

Health campaigners welcomed the news, while drink makers expressed their outrage.

While the aim of the levy is to help fight obesity in the nation, it would raise about 500 million pounds ($704 million) annually.

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WHO Says Six Teaspoons of Sugar Max

junkfoodThe World Health Organisation (WHO) wants you to know how much sugar is in the food and drinks you’re consuming and limit your intake to just 6 teaspoons a day.

The 2 main reasons to limit our sugar intake is

  • it contains extra kilojoules
  • it’s bad for our teeth.

The biggest problem is that often we aren’t even aware that we’re eating sugar because so many common foods and drinks contain it, and often in large quantity.

That is one of the reasons for the demand of sugar content labelling on food packaging.

Find out more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/quiz-what-does-six-teaspoons-of-sugar-look-like/7086790

Australian Researchers Find Sugar in Leafy Greens Helps Digestion

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Source: Gizmodo.com.au

According to researchers in Melbourne and the UK, an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy greens are essential to feeding good gut bacteria and aiding digestion.

The researchers found that bacteria feed on the unusual sugar molecule found in the greens and could be vital in understanding how ‘good’ bacteria play a role in protecting the gut.

The leafy greens feed good gut bacteria and limit the ability of bad bacteria to colonise the gut by keeping them out of the important part.

The research was recently published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

Find out more at http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/02/diet-for-digestive-health-discovered/

Drink More Water to Reduce Body’s Sugar Intake

sugar waterAround two thirds of our bodies are made up of water so it seems obvious that consuming water is important for our health but a new study has shown that increasing the consumption of plain water can help control weight and reduce intake of sodium, saturated fat and sugar.

The study by Professor Ruopeng An from the University of Illinois was published recently in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

The study provided a case for drinking plain water rather than other water based beverages such as broths and food containing water.

Read more about the study at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/307306.php