If sugar is so bad for you why is it in so many foods? educogym Canary Wharf explain
Sugar is the latest food to be declared as bad for you. So why is it still in so many of our foods and why is it so bad? educogym Canary Wharf separate the myths from the facts.
Other than calories, why is sugar so bad? "Sugar, obviously raises your blood sugar levels, giving you a form of a 'high' your body has to then fight to bring your blood sugar levels down, with insulin, which in turn leaves you tired, lethargic and seeking that 'high' again and the cycle repeats, it is an addiction. Many people have no idea they are addicted to sugar, as they don't realise that sugar is in so many of the foods we eat, for example cereal, bread, pasta sauces, ketchup, burgers, sausages and more. Someone may even consciously be avoiding the obvious sugar like sweets and chocolate as they are aware of the dangers, but have no idea that the burger they are eating is full of sugar too" explained Godfrey Nurse, educogym Canary Wharf personal Trainer.
With sugar being the main cause of obesity in the UK, which is set to double over the next few decades, why is it not being removed from foods that simply don't need it? "Sugar is also a preservative, it maintains the shelf life of many foods like cereal, you remove it, the food won't last long enough to be consumed and therefore the product loses its value to the customer. It makes food taste 'great' and of course making something taste worse by removing sugar will not increase sales and so many brands avoid removing it. The government have released guidelines for packaged products, but the follow through could take years" explained Orlstyne Wilson, eduocgym Canary Wharf Personal Trainer.
How does the public avoid sugar if it is in everything? "I wouldn't avoid it completely, but making sensible swaps like brown and wholegrain rice and bread instead of white, avoiding fizzy drinks, and fruit juices, stick to fresh fruit, be careful of low fat products as they are usually pumped with sugar to replace the fat taken out, have a small portion of the normal version instead, and be careful of sugar free options as again they are normally filled with sweeteners which, although they aren't sugar, won't help to remove your sugar cravings, keep your food homemade and natural but most importantly, check the labels!" explained Godfrey Nurse, educogym Canary Wharf personal trainer.
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