Why I’m Giving Up Sugar
- In countries where people have free access to sugar, there is a much higher incidence of diabetes. One worrying statistic is that a can of soft drink per day increases your risk of diabetes by 22%.
- Sugar reacts with the proteins in our bodies and changes their structure, forming toxic substances known as advanced glycation end-products. It’s no coincidence that those words form the acronym, AGE.
- Back in ye olden days when we all lived in caves, we lived off meat and fats. Our bodies are designed to eat as much of those foods as we need, and then we stop. From time to time we would stumble across sugar – perhaps some berries or suchlike. Since we didn’t know when we would come across such a thing again, we would eat and eat and eat, as much as we could. Our bodies don’t have that “wait, stop, you’re full” signal for sugar because we didn’t know when we’d come across some again. This is how come you can easily drink a litre of fruit juice in one go, but you probably couldn’t drink a litre of full fat yoghurt in twice the time.
- Sugar is addictive. When you say this, people mostly think you’re bonkers – but recent studies have found that not only is it addictive, it interferes with our appetites and confuses our bodies.
- I know the “low fat” diet idea from the 80s is still very popular with a lot of people, who believe if you eat low fat products you’ll lose weight. There’s a massive industry built around the idea, and it rakes in millions each year. The problem is that fat doesn’t make you fat; sugar makes you fat. And what do manufacturers put into their foods once they’ve removed the fat, to make them taste reasonable? Sugar. By the bucket load.
- The sugar in fruit is still sugar. So is the sugar in honey, and so is the sugar in agave nectar, maple syrup and coconut sugar. It’s all fructose, which is what causes the problems.
- Our bodies use glucose to perform certain functions – but that glucose is easily found when breaking down proteins and fats in the body. We have no need to put extra glucose into our bodies for general survival and wellbeing.
Ooh I am so happy to have found out about this challenge. I've been wanting to do something like this. I did the Fed Up Challenge awhile back and have wanted do it again but it's so hard on your own. It'll be much easier knowing there's a whole group of us to support each other!
Awesome that you are taking on this challenge. I have been wanting to for a while now but I looooove coffee and have not found any natural substitute that makes it tastes just as good without sugar. I do believe sugar is addicting and have gotten myself down to one cup a day and only eating natural sugars the rest of the time. I've followed you on Instagram to follow your journey.
The idea is that even as recently as 100 years ago, human beings didn't eat this much fruit. I heard a talk the other day about how an orange was a common Christmas present for people in New York because they just didn't have oranges there until relatively recently.<br />As far as "I Quit Sugar" is concerned, fructose is the problem. Not so much giving up fruit but cutting back
Good luck with your challenge!<br /><br />I'm very familiar with the path your going down this month, and have read quite a lot about it. Your bullet points were brief, informative and poignant. And I'd agree with quite a lot of it...<br /><br />Maybe one tiny little thing - if you're interested to look into it further...<br />You wrote that fat doesn't make you fat, sugar makes