In the world of weight loss, sugar is often made out to be the archenemy of dieters or even those that are looking to lead a slightly healthier lifestyle.
While sugar can never be classified as a weight-loss food or even a health food, it is something that the body does requires in moderation.
By understanding how sugar affects the body, anyone can minimize its harmful effects and maximize its positive effects with just a few small changes.
Not all sugar is bad and there are many different ways in which it may enter your body. For example, the intrinsic sugar that is found within the cells of whole fruits has almost none of the bad side effects as refined sugar and can be eaten without fear.
One of the primary problems with refined sugar is that it is found in very large quantities and often in foods that are bad for the body for many other reasons as well. This includes items such as candy bars and sodas that have a wide range of dyes or excessive caffeine.
Additionally, sugar causes insulin levels in the body to spike, and the body’s natural response to this is to begin storing fat. The sugar tricks the body into storing fat instead of shedding it.
In a 2,000 calorie diet, most specialists suggest 50 grams of sugar or less per day. This amounts to about 10 teaspoons a day. For those that are concerned about their sugar intake, great places to begin making cuts is with candy, deserts, non-diet sodas, sweetened juices, sugary cereals, and heavily-sweetened coffees.