It’s sweet and sticky…It gives you that instant rush…It makes you want more…What is it? Why, sugar, of course! While sugar has been consumed by humans for centuries, recent research shows that not only is added sugar nutritionally bankrupt, but it may have a not-so-sweet effect on your health. That’s what we’re going to discuss in this article.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume about 157 pounds of sugar per year. The consumption of sugar on a global basis is 173 million tons a year. While sugar is added to popular foods, such as sweet snacks, ice cream, and soft drinks, it is also added to pasta sauces, salad dressings and many other foods.
However, health professionals are not asking us to cut back on sugars that are present naturally in nutritious foods such as in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. They are asking us to cut back on “added sugar,” which is the refined sugar that is present in desserts, sugary sodas, and so on.
Foods with large amounts of added sugar add calories without any additional nutritional value. Also, while research is still ongoing, added sugar has been linked to an increased risk in chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It has also been linked to mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression.
Added sugar can also result in high triglyceride levels in the blood, weight gain, tooth decay, and poor nutrition. The latter is especially worrisome especially if you eat only sugary foods and not the right amount of fruits and vegetables.
Research has also pinpointed the amount of sugar that should be consumed on a daily basis. The American Heart Association recommends consuming up to 6 teaspoons a day for women and up to 9 teaspoons a day for men.
Sugar also has a not-so-great effect on your mental health. While this has not been proven definitively, a study conducted by the University College London (UCL) has reported an association between sugar intake and Common Mental Disorders (CMD) such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
There are a number of things you can do to reduce your intake of added sugar. You can avoid sugary drinks like soda, fruit punch, lemonade, sweet tea, and sports drinks. You can drink water instead. You can also ensure that you drink fruit juice that is 100% juice without any added sweeteners.
You can also choose your breakfast cereals carefully as most have added sugar. Make sure you choose a cereal with under 10 grams of sugar per serving. When buying canned fruit, choose the kind that is packed with water or fruit juice, rather than syrup. You can add salad dressings, barbecue sauce, and ketchup sparingly, as all of these contain added sugar. You can also look for the reduced-sugar varieties of jams and jellies.
So, how is chiropractic care linked with sugar consumption? Well, studies have shown a link between the central nervous system and blood sugar levels in the body. Chiropractors treat the spine, which is a vital part of the central nervous system. When the spine is in perfect alignment, all the parts of the body are able to work efficiently. A recent study showed improvement in blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes who were not using medication after only one month of chiropractic treatment.
While chiropractic care may not be a cure for diabetes, it has resulted in significant improvement in such patients. Chiropractic care also provides effective preventive care for all patients. At Nelson Chiropractic, we treat all patients in a holistic and integrated way, thereby helping them on their way to perfect health.
At Nelson Chiropractic, we specialize in using the gentle, high speed Activator instrument to restore normal function to a spinal segment, thereby resulting in greater general health. So, what are you waiting for? Cut down on those added sugars and consult Nelson Chiropractic today, for greater preventive care and general health!
For more information on sugar in your diet and to improve your overall health and well-being, contact Nelson Chiropractic at 425-867-1119, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to our website https://www.nelsonchiro.com.