There are many reasons to be very nervous and concerned about consuming sugar. Sugar is very widely available and has made its way into most processed food no matter whether it is cheap and expensive. The ubiquitous nature of sugar leads many people to mistakenly believe that sugar isn’t “that bad,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, sugar isn’t just as bad as people think it is but is in reality far worse. No matter if you are considering bariatric surgery or you are currently recovering from a procedure, sugar is one food that you should scratch off your list.
More than Just Empty Calories
Medical studies have shown that sugar is more than empty calories. In recent medical studies it has been shown that sugar actually damages DNA. DNA damage is, of course, just as bad as it sounds. Damaged DNA can lead to premature aging, a weakened immune system and other health issues. The fact that sugar can cause this sort of harm is alone enough to warrant eliminating it from one’s diet.
The DNA damaging aspects of sugar is far from being the only problem with consuming sugar. Anyone looking to lose weight should try to avoid sugar as much as possible due to the fact that it is made up of empty calories. Since sugar contains zero vitamins and minerals, it has no health benefits whatsoever. When you are recovering from bariatric surgery, you want to be sure to give your body the healthiest and most nurturing foods possible.
Supporting Your Energy Levels
As though all of this was not enough, there are still yet more good reasons to say goodbye to sugar and processed foods. Sugar causes a sharp spike in blood glucose levels, and that means when you eat sugar you will experience a peak in energy levels followed by a sharp drop off in your energy levels.
The “peaks and valleys” of sugar leads many people to consume more food, often processed foods high in sugar, and that leads to more weight gain. Yes, it is most definitely a vicious and unforgiving cycle, and one that you should avoid when you are healing from surgery.
Sugar leads to weight gain and even a lack of energy. Just because sugar has made its way into most of the processed food supply doesn’t mean that it is healthy. The fact that sugar is widely used is not a stamp of safety or approval from health experts.
Artificial Sweeteners are Not the Answer
Many people make the mistake of opting for artificial sweeteners instead of sugar with the idea being that artificial sweeteners are zero calories. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to a variety of very serious health concerns and many health experts strongly feel that they should be avoided, at least until far more about them is known.
If you want more energy and to feel at your best, focus on eating foods that are high in vitamins and minerals. Sugar has zero nutritional value, and contrary to advertising from the industry, there is no real “good” amount of sugar. If you want to feel better and lose weight, then sugar is definitely not your friend.
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