Hands up who likes sugar!! Guilty….
But Brides beware, sugar is not your friend (even if it gives you that oh so lovely high feeling).
We eat massive amounts of sugar every day without even realising it and it has been linked to a big bunch of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Sugar is a carb that is naturally found in many foods, including lactose (things like milk) and fructose (that can be found in fruit).
But before you go throwing out your bottles of milk and every piece of fruit in your fridge, these aren’t necessarily the problem.
It’s those processed and added sugars that are the worst and I’m about to let you in on a secret; they are found in much more things than soft drink and junk food!
Low fat meals often contain plenty of sugar to make up for the lower fat content and to stop it tasting bland. Processed foods in general have added sugar, especially things like ready-made sauces.
Even bread contains sugar! Seriously if you don’t believe me have a look on the packet
How will sugar affect a bride to be
Too much sugar affects anyone but when you’re trying to lose weight for your wedding it can be a real nightmare.
Too much sugar can spike your blood sugar levels and then comes right back down. You might get a sugar high in the short term (you know that delicious feeling in your mouth and utter satisfaction) but it will likely be followed by a big crash that affects your mood (hello bridezilla!) and makes you crave more sugar.
This vicious cycle is one of the main reasons why sugar is so heavily linked to obesity as it encourages you to keep eating more sugar.
One of the bigger problems is high fructose corn syrup. Fructose in fruits isn’t all that bad but high fructose corn syrup is one of the worst types of sugar you can consume AND it’s a major ingredient in a lot of foods cause it’s so cheap to produce…
So why is fructose like this such a problem?
Our caveman ancestors didn’t eat any more fructose than what was naturally included in fruit and some vegetables. Once your liver metabolizes fructose to it’s limit it starts turning it into fat, and no bride wants excess fat on her wedding day!
So we can see that it causes us to get fat but what else does it do to our health?
Eating too much fructose can make your liver inflamed
It can raise your blood pressure and even lead to gout.
It also affects blood lipids and cholesterol levels, which can lead to cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes.
How to combat the issue
You’re better off choosing whole fruits (rather than fruit juices) or juice your own fruits as the fructose in these is naturally occurring and in no way a danger to your health. You’ll also get more fiber from whole fruits and you’d have to eat an unrealistic amount for their fructose content to become a cause for concern.
TIP: Mix natural sugars with protein to balance your blood sugar levels and to stop the sugar being absorbed into your bloodstream as quickly. For example, team a piece of fruit with a handful of nuts or some yogurt. This can also help to curb cravings too.
Unfortunately Sugar isn’t necessarily listed on the ingredients list as sugar. Food manufacturing companies are super sneaky when it comes to labelling their products.
Sugar can be labelled as a long list of other names and it can be hard to really understand what you’re eating.
Anything ending in “ose” is an obvious giveaway, including glucose, sucrose (better known as table sugar), fructose and maltose.
Less obvious signs that something contains sugar are syrups such as rice syrup and corn syrup. And as we mentioned before – high fructose corn syrup.
If you see any of these in the first few ingredients listed then PUT THE PACKAGAE DOWN!
The first few ingredients listed are the highest content in the food.
I’ll leave you with this one; Go through your cupboards, check the labels and throw out anything with those hidden sugars!