Some of you that know my story remember that just before our wedding I went completely added sugar free and sweeteners free for almost two and half months. It was an amazing experience and it was definitely worth it as I lost one size to fit my wedding dress. It was also a huge eye-opener to what sugar does to us and how addicted I actually was.
You see, people talk about all sorts of addictions – drugs, alcohol etc, but sugar addiction is not something that is spoken about that much. Why? Because companies make money, a lot of money from sugar. And just when we started being a bit cautious about „added sugar“, they came up with „no added sugar“ labels which trick a lot of people.
Have you ever wondered how come you buy a product labeled „no added sugar“ yet it is still sweet? Were you hoping there is „naturally occuring sugar“ from one of the ingredients? Well, think about it – most of the „no added sugar“ labels are on sweet drinks where no natural sugar occures. So, what is the trick? They pump us with sweeteners instead, such as sucralose, aspartam, just to mention a couple. So, what is worse – added sugar or sweetener? Sweetener! Effects of added sugar are visible in short term – you put on weight, your body retains more water etc. So, why do I say sweeteners are worse? Sweeteners are chemicals and chemicals make our body acidic, meaning they are slowly poisoning our body – no short term effect, but it long term they essentially make us sick, which is worse than fat in my opinion. Did you know that common sweetener aspartame has been link to cancer in several studies?
So, if you asked me to choose between a product with added sugar and one with sweeter, which one would I choose? I would choose added sugar over sweetener as I can at least help my body to deal with the added sugar by drinking plenty of warm water to flush it out and doing some exercise.
If you gave me a choice between added sugar and naturally occurring sugar, e.g. a raw cake sweetened by dates, I would 100% always go for the naturally occurring sugar. Why? Because i tis NATURAL. Can you „overdose“ on naturally occurring sugar? Yes, you can, but it would take some amount of dates for that to happen.
Is there any risk that naturally occurring sugar, such as in fruits, bring? I probably should not call it a risk, but yes, there is let’s say a side effect. If you eat too much fruits your blood sugar level can spike, such as when you have purely fruit fresh juice, and once they spike they eventually have to fall down too. Which can lead to fast sugar cravings which might get your brain to crave fast sugars, such as added sugar – perhaps in a form of chocolate or a cake.
Just a little advice – if you want to do juicing cleanse, use more veg than fruits. Fruit juices are good right after a workout as during a workout your blood sugar levels drop, that’s why a lot of people crave simple carbs after a workout, so a fruit fresh juice will level the sugar levels for you. Just think about this – when you make a glass of a fresh fruit juice you will probably use a couple of arranges and a couple of apples. Would you use the same amount in one go if you were to eat it in a form of a fruit? No. Which means you are giving your body much more fruits than you normally would.
This was meant to be a blog post about my 4 months added sugar free / sweets free time. And the paragraphs above were to be an intro. I think almost 700 words are a good blog post on its own. So, watch out for the next blog post about my recent 4 months sugar free.