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If you’ve made it to this page – congratulations!  You already know that it’s important to eat less sugar, especially if you want to maintain a healthy weight. But what you may not know is this: The amount of sugar in your diet is directly related to your risk for nearly every chronic disease.

That’s because sugar promotes the five key causes of disease – inflammation, glycation, toxification, depletion and oxidation.

Why More Sugar Equals Less Life

Let’s take a quick look at the damage this not-so-sweet substance can have on your health:

  • Inflammation: After eating a sugary or high glycemic food, your blood sugar rises. This triggers the release of inflammatory compounds called cytokines, including C-reactive protein – an inflammatory factor related to cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The more sugar you eat, the more inflammation you’ll have.
  • Physical Aging:  Sugar is sticky, right? As sugar flows through your bloodstream, it sticks to your red blood cells through a process called glycation. These molecules damage collagen and other connective tissue that gives us a youthful appearance.
  • Cancer:  High blood sugar requires the body to call on insulin to shuttle sugar out of the blood and into the muscles (and then fat cells). Insulin is a key promoter of the most common cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. Sugar also damages cells through oxidation, which can encourage cancerous mutations.
  • Alzheimer’s: Eating a high sugar diet promotes the formation of amyloid plaque – a substance that’s associated with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Diabetes: As you tax your body with sugar, you force it to crank out more and more insulin. Over time, the beta-cells of your pancreas simply wear out and can no longer do their job anymore.
  • Obesity: Insulin is known as the fat storage hormone. More sugar in your food = more sugar in your blood = higher insulin levels = more fat stored on your body.
  • Heart Disease:  Eating high sugar foods increases your risk for heart disease in several ways. High blood sugar increases blood pressure. That’s because insulin causes the kidneys to retain sodium. High blood sugar levels also oxidize LDL cholesterol, reduce protective HDL cholesterol, raise triglycerides and cause your platelets to become “sticky”, increasing the risk of a dangerous clot. High blood sugar also increases an inflammatory factor called C-reactive protein which is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
  • Digestive Health: Sugar in the diet feeds the growth of candida, a fungus that normally lives inside of our digestive tract symbiotically with other microorganisms. When candida gets out of control, it can cause a wide range of digestive and systemic effects. As candida feed on sugar they release toxic waste products into your body that can cause foggy thinking, concentration problems, memory issues and more.
  • Vision Problems: High blood sugar damages the microcapillaries in the eyes, leading to cataracts and peripheral blindness.
  • Infertility:  High blood sugar contributes to insulin resistance – which is the primary cause of ovulatory infertility – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

If that doesn’t sour your sweet tooth, I don’t know what will!

Enjoy Sweet Treats That are Low Sugar and Sugar-Free!

But before you go into a panic thinking your days of decadent desserts and sweet treats are over, get this: You can enjoy your favorite sweet foods without relying on sugar or artificial sweeteners thanks to all natural, zero calorie, zero glycemic sweeteners that have NO impact on blood sugar.

In our  Sugar Free Recipes section, you’ll find delicious, recipes containing 1 gram of sugar or less per serving that won’t sour your health.

To learn more about the benefits of a low sugar diet, check out our diabetes diet section.

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