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More Reasons to Give Up Sugar {Break the Sugar Habit Challenge}

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source: Daniel Novta

Join us for the Break the Sugar Habit Challenge in June!

Earlier this week I shared some of my reasons for giving up sugar this month. Today, I want to share with you some of the research I’ve done on the effects of sugar on our body so that you can learn more and make your own decisions.

There’s a lot here, so I recommend starting with the ones that catch your attention and reading more as you have time. You’ll also find even more articles linked inside most of these posts if you want to delve deeper into any of the related subtopics:

Facts About Sugar:

Sugar: Public Enemy #1 | Musings of a Housewife
Sugar (as well as refined carbohydrates) actually depletes the body’s store of vitamins and nutrients. We’ve all heard that soda and juice are “empty calories,” but Sally Fallon points out that “negative calories” would be a more accurate term.  She likens consuming refined sugar and white flour to drawing on a savings account.  I don’t know about you, but that’s enough reason for me to get it out of the house.

141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health | Nancy Appleton
10.  Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
11.  Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
12.  Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
13.  Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.
14.  Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer.

Why Is White Sugar Bad for You? | Kitchen Stewardship
The bottom line is this: either sugar is an empty food that gives us nothing healthy (and therefore, why bother – except for taste, and certainly in moderation) OR sugar is a toxic poison causing any number of physical and emotional diseases and ailments. Either way, it’s worth cutting down in your diet.

Get the Refined Sugar Out | Kitchen Stewardship
There have been many, many books written about the dangers of sugar. Every doctor, dietitian, and dentist (conventional or natural) recommends cutting back on sugar consumption. It’s one ingredient that no one tells you to eat more of. And yet we consume more sugar now than ever.

Give Your Body a Sugar Break | Simple Homemade
Perhaps you’ve noticed that you’re energy is low and you’re dragging just a little. Maybe your cravings for sweets have increased. Have you been found yourself feeling run down or getting hit by viruses that are going around? Now is the perfect time to give your body a bit of a sugar break.

Cutting Down on Sugar: Why Do We Eat It So Much? | Keeper of the Home
One of the primary reasons we crave [sugar] is due to Candida yeast overgrowth in the body. This yeast feeds on sugars (from not only actual sweeteners, but also grains and starches, particularly refined ones). This happens when our gut bacteria is off, and guess what you crave when you have too much Candida? More sugar!

Is Sugar Toxic? | CBS News
The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why our story tonight is so important. New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers, including heart disease.

Sugar Dangers |
Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking formula. No wonder there is an obesity epidemic in this country.

Sugar Is Making Us Stupid | Jezebel
[Fernando] Gomez-Pinilla explains the consequences of his research [into the effects of sugar]: “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think. Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”


Additional Resources:

  • Break the Sugar Habit Guided Workbook | Well Grounded Life (FREE!)
  • I Quit Sugar and the I Quit Sugar Cookbook | Sarah Wilson
  • Smart Sweets | Kitchen Stewardship
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Over the next four weeks (6/4-6/29), we’ll be eliminating sugar from our diet completely. We’d love to have you join us!

What other resources would you add to this list? Do you have additional questions about the effects of sugar on our bodies?