Sugars are made up of a combination of fructose, glucose and/or lactose. Your standard table sugar is half glucose, half fructose. Other sweeteners like honey, agave and high fructose corn syrup can be more than 50% fructose.
When we say sugar free we mean we don’t use sucrose (commonly known as “sugar”), nor honey, agave, maple syrup, golden syrup or molasses. They all contain high levels of fructose. At The Sugar Breakup quitting sugar means quitting as much fructose as possible from your life.
Why would you want to quit Fructose?
Your body isn’t designed to eat large amounts of fructose; it’s not useful to your body as it passes from your stomach to your blood stream. Every part of your body refuses to use it and it gets dumped in your liver.
What happens to all that fructose sitting in your liver?
Unless you are an elite athlete fructose gets converted and stored directly as fat, your body can’t use it in any other way. Excess fat has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a possible increased risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, and dementia.
Quit sugar because it is addictive
You know you want it and to quit traditional sugars is hard both emotionally and physically. But do you know why? Sugar is addictive.
Sugar has been shown to be addictive because you’ll exhibit the four signs of classic addiction:
Sugar is capable of lighting up the reward centre in your brain called the nucleus accumbens. You need to eat more and more fructose to achieve the reward effect in your brain.
Quit sugar because it is being added to food everywhere
It’s actually scary how much sugar is added to food. Have a look at the labels on the products you buy. Is sugar listed as the first ingredient? Is it in the first couple of ingredients? Some manufacturers are actually breaking the sugar up into different titles such as sugar, fructose, glucose, corn syrup, agave, honey, molasses etc. to make it look less scary.
From cereals to yoghurt, stir-fry sauce to pasta sauce, sugar is increasingly added to everyday food that many of us wouldn’t even consider a sugar based treat.
In the US in 1990 an average diet had about 4 teaspoons of sugar a day. In 2012 this number is now closer to 22 teaspoons a day. The American Heart Association are now recommending that you decrease your sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men.
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