Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lose Weight Now: Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is a major cause of obesity and related health problems in the US. Most of this excess calories come from high fructose corn syrup, which seems to be added to just about every food imaginable - on store shelves, in fast food, at pastry shops, in the mall, in ice cream shops, on candy stands, and just about anywhere else that food is sold. The widespread addition of high fructose corn syrup to food and beverages makes it nearly impossible to avoid. Nonetheless, you should do everything you can to avoid foods with added sugars in any form.

5 Good Reasons to Avoid Added Sugar
There are many good reasons to eliminate added sugars, including high fructose corn syrup, from your diet. Here are just a few reasons:

Inflammation. High blood glucose (sugar) levels can cause inflammation throughout your body. According to a number of studies, chronic inflammation may lead to heart disease and a number of chronic diseases that affect millions in the US  and worldwide. Reducing your intake of sugar can help to reduce inflammation and promote health.

Obesity. If you are overweight or obese, chances are you are consuming foods that are high in added sugars and excess calories from those foods. You can cut calories and begin to lose weight by eliminating sugary food and drinks from your diet. Weight loss has been shown to support improvements in overall health.

High triglycerides. Studies show that consuming sugary food and drink sugar may lead to high triglyceride levels in the blood. These triglycerides can cause damage the lining of your blood vessels, cause blood clots and lead to a heart attack or stroke. By lowering your sugar intake, you may be able to reduce the level of triglycerides in your blood and prevent a cardiovascular event. People with diabetes are especially prone to high levels of triglycerides and should therefore make a special effort to eliminate added sugars from their diet.

The bad news is, eating foods that contain a large amount of added sugars could lead to obesity, inflammation and a number of other serious health problems. But the good news is, you can lose weight and improve your health by reducing your intake of food and drink made with added sugars. Be especially mindful of the presence of high fructose corn syrup in the foods you buy.