Making The Transition To Low Sugar Foods
If you go back far enough it time, most of the foods that people ate were low sugar foods. That doesn't mean that people didn't consume any sugar at all. Most fruits and vegetables, especially fruits, contain natural sugars. Our ancestors just didn't have much in the way of processed foods that contained large amounts of sugar to make them sweeter. Our ancestors didn't have the luxury of having a bowl of sugar-sweetened cereal for breakfast every morning.
We Are Getting Heavier - Obesity is becoming a serious problem in the United States. Take a look on your television at some of the people who sitting in the stands watching a baseball game. It seems that a significant percentage of them, perhaps a third, are overweight. Some of them are seriously overweight. Also, most of them appear to be eating or drinking something. They aren't all eating low sugar foods either, even though some might be. Most of what is being served contains either plenty of sugar, plenty of fat, or both.
It's a known fact that those who have diabetes have to be particularly careful in the foods they eat. They have to avoid foods that have too much sugar. In fact, they sometimes need to avoid foods that contain any sugar at all, aside from natural sugars. The truth is, most of us could profit by lessening our sugar intake to some degree. Eating a little less sugar could help keep most of us healthier, and there are a few of us who should be eating a lot less sugar every day.
We Can Only Burn So Much Fuel - Sugar is a fuel, which is one good thing you can say about it. We need fuel just to keep going, and when we exercise we need even more. The problem with a high sugar diet is this. While exercising, we will burn up some of that sugar, but we usually don't burn up all of it. What isn't used as fuel, or is eliminated, remains in the bloodstream, and the result is a high blood sugar level, which isn't healthy.
Cutting Back Gradually - Quitting a high-sugar diet cold turkey isn't all that easy. It may be easier than quitting cigarette smoking, or quitting alcohol consumption, but it still isn't all that easy. Unless you already have a serious illness that requires you cut out sweet foods immediately, you can probably manage to cut down gradually. Not too gradually of course. You want to be cutting back at a meaningful pace, a pace that isn't causing you too much grief in having to do without all those pastries, candy bars, and deserts you love. It's usually OK to enjoy a hot fudge Sunday once in awhile, as a special treat or as a reward. You just want to get out of the habit of having to eat one whenever you feel the urge.
If you've grown up eating a particular brand of breakfast cereal every morning, one that has a very high sugar content, you might feel somewhat violated if you suddenly have to quit eating it. The breakfast cereal you're used to has become a regular part of your lifestyle. You can say the same about cigarettes and bourbon. When compared to trying to do without those two items, changing your breakfast cereal to a healthier brand should be a no-brainier.
Think Of Your Children Too - Switching over to low sugar foods can help others as well. How many times have you seen a pair of obese adults with one or two young children in tow, who are also obese, or at least going in that direction? A fat 6 year old doesn't just have a “hefty” build, or “big bones” as he or she may be led to believe. That kid is fat, and 9 times out of 10 it's the fault of the parents. The whole family is hooked on sugar.
Know Your Sugars And Act Accordingly - Sugar can't be avoided entirely, but it's certainly possible to cut back on it. To do so however, you need to know all the different types of sugars there are. The list includes sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose, glucose, and lactose. Honey is of course a sugar, as are corn syrup and molasses. Even ketchup contains a surprisingly large quantity of sugar. You have to read the labels. Since many of the processed foods you buy contain sugar, and a few of the natural foods do as well, you need to give some thought as to portion size. Think of it this way. Some of the high sugar foods you've been enjoying and are reluctant to drop can become low sugar foods if the portions you serve or eat are very small. If you have to have a piece of chocolate cake now and then, try to satisfy yourself with eating a smaller slice, and only as an occasional treat. The best approach however is to take the time to find out which foods fall into the category of low sugar foods and start convincing yourself to building your diet around those foods.