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.
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CANARY WHARF, U.K. - April 8, 2018 - PRLog -- Sugar is a carbohydrate, it is in 2 forms, naturally occurring like that in fruit and milk, and the added type like table sugar, found in cereals, breads and majority of products on the market. Guidelines state that this added sugar should take up less than 5% of your daily calories as an adult and much less for a child. However sugar is being added into more and more products and with the obesity epidemic upon us, why is nothing being done? "Sugar is not to be totally removed from your diet, it does give you energy and if you are active it is actually more than fine to eat a small amount. However most people are not active enough and consume way to much sugar, especially the added type hidden in packaged foods, it leads to a build up of empty calories, when these calories are not used they are simply stored as fat" explained Orlstyne Wilson, educogym Canary Wharf personal trainer.

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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