Wednesday, March 15, 2006

How much sugar do you consume?

How much sugar do you consume? by Dr. Baruch
Sugar is the most common substance that we consume. It is the simply themost abused food in the American diet.Thirty years ago our parents were telling us that sugar rots our teeth,and today we know that’s the least of the problems. No substance that we consume so readily is as addictive as sugar. We’ve all heard of diabetes and hypoglycemia. They are two common and serious disorders that are linked directly to sugar consumption and sugar metabolism. The list of sugar-abused disorders is longer than that: acne, tooth decay, impaired memory, obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blurred vision, gingivitis, cardiovascular disease, and a host of mental and emotional disorders. Also, a diet high in sugar and low in fiber and essential fats encourages the development of colon cancer.Sugar is the most consumed and the least understood food that we have.The average American’s diet is full of sugar-laden fast foods and convenience foods. Most people consume their own weight in sugar in one year. So the average woman who weighs between 125-150 pounds is consuming between 125-150 pounds of sugar or more each year. Sugar in its many hidden forms is present in almost every processed food.Authorities in the field of nutrition have differing opinions on many things, but when it comes to sugar all agree that we consume far too much than our metabolism can handle. And we continue to do it day in and day out, year after year. And since the introduction of artificial sweeteners, Americans have gained weight. These sweeteners have been shown to increase weight when given to animals; they have undesirable brain chemicals. But there is a natural, herbal sweetener you can use - stevia. It is one that not many people know about. It comes from the green, leafy plantstevia. It is said to regulate blood sugar levels, and herbalists consider it an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agent. It is so concentrated that only a couple drops of it are equal to several teaspoons of sugar with none of the devastating side effects of sugar,and it actually has benefits.So to keep your glucose (blood sugar) level low, keep these things in mind. Reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet. Make the majority of your foods whole foods like whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Consuming foods with high levels of magnesium and potassium will help lower blood sugar levels as well. Your waist measurement should be less than 35 inches, and exercising or walking 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week will significantly reduce high blood sugar risk. For more info see Dr. Baruch at or (240) 417-4301

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