Sugar. It’s so sweet, it gets its own post.

Sugar. It makes any food item delectable. Coffee a little strong? Just add sugar.

It’s a yummy option, but do you know how sugar is processed in your body? Sugar works as an “anti-nutrient.” Bodybuilders pay attention, sugar will take those critical nutrients away from your muscles and keep your body from performing fat reduction. Keeping a good eye on your sugar intake will benefit you both now and long term.

Here’s why, with a grossly summarized explanation. When eating sugar, your body’s insulin levels spike. Insulin is one of the many critical components used to process and absorb energy from what you eat. Sugar, especially in high amounts, is known to cause rapid blood sugar spikes. In this event, your body has to produce enough insulin to take it in as energy. Through years of high sugar intake, this can cause the onset of diabetes.

There are two types of sugar. Glucose and Fructose. I must stress how important the difference is. Fructose is worse 10 times over. Fructose can only be processed and metabolized by the liver. This is a bad thing. A significantly higher number of calories are going through the liver, about three times higher than glucose. The result of this is the production of bad cholesterol and other unwanted acids.

When the body is taking in fructose, a trick is being played on your brain. Due to a leptin resistance(Leptin regulates your energy levels), your mind goes without knowing if you are full. Your brain gets no message that you’ve consumed much of anything, despite drinking a high calorie drink. This is a leading reason why you are left hungry after eating sugary cookies or drinking that sweet sugary drink.

As you transition into the New Year, better yourself and your health by keeping an eye on your sugar intake. Only in a perfect world we would lose weight and get rich by eating Chocolate.

Stay Healthy!

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