Jorge Cruise advocates no more than 15 grams of sugar per day. How much is 15 grams of sugar? Well, just visualize one of those small sugar cubes you plop into your coffee in the morning - 15 grams is equal to 1½ of those cubes. Think about it for a minute...if you have a coffee in the morning and add 1½ sugar cubes, you're done for the day. Unfortunately, we often don't just have that one cup of coffee in the morning. What really happens is we go to Tim Horton's and add an apple fritter donut to the mix and suddenly we have consumed 30 grams of sugar just at breakfast.
According to Dr. Oz, extra sugar gets stored as fat not only in your hips but also in your liver. This can create problems as the liver then starts to make toxic chemicals which can creates more cholesterol and more belly fat. There are a few problems with having fat in the liver. One problem is that it can block the kidneys from working properly and as a result you can develop high blood pressure. Another issue is that the fat also blocks insulin, which can increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Oz goes on to state that sugar is hidden in everything and is the number one thing that we eat. All refined white foods have sugar - white pasta, white flour, white rice... Soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup. You can click here to listen to the interview with Dr. Oz on the affects of sugar on our body.
In the meantime, if you are a woman over the age of 40 (or a man who knows of a woman over the age of forty), you will want to listen to Jorge Cruise's interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Christine Northrup, who wrote "The Wisdom of Menopaus". click here.
Nancy Appleton's book "Lick the Sugar Habit" is one of the most profound books I ever read about sugar addiction and the host of diseases it can lead to. Appleton shows us how sugar upsets our body's chemistry and devastates our immune system which can lead to a number of diseases such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, headaches, allergies, asthma, obesity and the most obvious, tooth decay. This book is a must read if you really want to learn how to overcome your sugar addiction or cravings. It's the book that I refer back to anytime my sugar demons take over and I need to be reminded of just what those demons can lead to. Most of my "sweet" choices these days tend to be more of the raw vegan kind which contain natural sweeteners or fruit as a sweetener however, the lesson remains the same: Good sugar or bad sugar, too much is simply not good!
Unless we empower ourselves by making better health choices, we will continue to suffer more and more of the ill effects caused by a lack of proper nutrition. Know that the only way to fix health care is to fix ourselves first and then share our knowledge with our families and communities.
I leave you with a clip from the "godfather of fitness" on sugarholics. Even back then, this man knew what he was talking about: Click here!