Sweet-lovers, we know the sugar struggle is so real. But what if we told you sugar isn’t only in foods that are considered “sweet”? Sugar is more than just “sweet.” It’s a simple carbohydrate our bodies use for energy, but it has no other nutritional value.
Natural sugar occurs naturally in foods, such as fructose (fruit sugar) and lactose (milk sugar). It contains nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, which added sugar does not.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugar suggested per day is 3 tbsp for men and 2 tbsp for women. That’s about the equivalent to a regular can of Coke. But - the average American eats 22 teaspoons (over 7 tbsp) of sugar a day! That’s nearly half a cup - and over twice as much as the maximum daily recommended amount!
Hidden sugar is often found in processed and packaged foods to enhance flavor, improve texture, and act as a preservative.
Although sugar is an additive in just about every food group, you can easily spot hidden sugars by checking the list of ingredients on the packaging (usually under the nutrition facts). A hidden sugar can take on any of the following names:
- Ends in -ose (lactose, glucose, maltose, sucrose, etc.)
- Ends in -ol (maltitol, sorbitol, erythritol, etc.)
- Syrups (agave, honey, molasses, corn, cane, malt, rice, etc.)
- Granulated (white) sugar
- Confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
- Brown sugar
- Turbinado (raw) sugar
- Coconut sugar
- Cane juice
- Barley malt
- Date sugar
Dangers of Hidden Sugars
Ingesting more sugar than your body needs is not only unnecessary, but it’s dangerous.
Consider this analogy:
When you pour too much gas in your car, it will overflow from the gas tank. The same thing happens when your body gets overloaded with sugar (whether natural or added). Because your liver can’t use it all (and has no use for the excess), it gets stored as fat.
Here’s a few of the potential negative side effects that can result from overdoing it on the sweet stuff:
- Liver damage
- Insulin resistance
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Elevated Triglycerides
- Heart disease
Beating the Craving
We all deal with food cravings - even the most strict and dedicated dieters - because they stem from our emotions. Food makes us feel better. Period. But the good news is that nature has provided us with some natural solutions to this problem (among many others).
Enter Pink Grapefruit Bare Oils. Grapefruit isn’t called “the dieter’s friend” for no reason. Not only does it aid digestion, improve metabolism, and support weight loss, but it also diminishes appetite.
When you feel that sugar craving coming on, take a few drops of Pink Grapefruit Bare Oils and dilute with 1 tbsp Bare Oils Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage the mixture onto your chest and wrists. If you’re in a bind, you can inhale a few times directly from the Bare Oils bottle. The citrusy aroma and other oil properties will help curb your sugar craving and even help enhance your mood!
So the next time you get a craving for the sweet stuff, avoid the sugar rush and grab Bare Oils instead!