When I wrote on Clean Consumption last month, I gave you an easily printable one-page list of sugars in disguise. I am writing on sugar again this month because the over-consumption of refined and processed sugar is a huge health problem.
In America, the average person consumes about 130 pounds of differently disguised sugars and sweeteners a year. This sugar consumption has contributed to many health concerns such as tooth decay, diabetes, hypertension, depression, migraines, obesity, psychological and nerve problems, and even cancer.
Now, must we only eat bland, sweet-less foods?
No! There is a huge difference between natural sweeteners, which are much safer and healthier options, and artificial, refined, and processed sweeteners, which are huge factors to the health problems above.
- Natural sweetener examples: milk, fruit, honey, and agave.
- Artificial and processed sweetener examples: white table sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, high fructose corn syrup, saccharine, dextrose, and aspartame.
I want to issue to you a loving, sugar challenge: for 14 days, intentionally cut down (or stop altogether) your consumption of artificial, refined, and processed sweeteners!
- Simple starting step: cut out sugary drinks and sodas.
- Advanced additional step: avoid processed and packaged foods.
Warning: detoxing from these artificial, refined, and processed sweeteners may temporarily produce mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms, such as temporary fatigue, anxiety, irritability, rapid heart rate, and poor sleep.
But listen! These symptoms usually only last a few days, and aren’t they MUCH better than dealing with years of tooth decay, diabetes, hypertension, depression, migraines, obesity, psychological and nerve problems, or even cancer?