When aiming to lower the amount of sugar in your diet, it’s easy to pinpoint the things that we consume and make them the first things we eliminate: candy, soda and anything labeled high fructose corn syrup for instance. But not all sugars are as obvious as the ones we have become accustomed to consuming. In fact, we only really know that soda and candy has sugar because of what we are told form a young age, and from what society tells us about how bad they are to consume in mass quantities.
Hardly anyone stops to consider the fact that things like ketchup, bread or salad dressing, all have sugar in them. There are so many instances of sugar in foods that we simply do not realize or suspect, and because of this, we still consume large amounts of sugar, adding to insulin levels and visceral fat. These sneaky sources of sugar are also referred to as “high impact” carbohydrates. Take a look at three of the most common things that will help you to rid your diet of sugar for good.
For far too long, I thought that corn was a vegetable. Odds are, you did too, until reading that very sentence. Corn is actually a grain, meaning that as soon as you eat it, it turns to sugar in the body. Landing directly in the bloodstream, most corn is genetically modified, so not only does it add sugar, but it adds pesticides and other chemicals to your diet, too. Foods like corn, laden with chemicals, are among the leading causes of obesity, immune system deficiencies and gut health problems. If you’re looking for fiber, try eating beans or lentils, and get a healthy, tasty, zero sugar food into your system.
As heralded as fiber is in the mainstream, it does have its downfalls. Fiber, that comes in the form of a cereal or any other of the more common variances, is healthy in its own right, but it also comes with gluten and a whole host of other things such as starch. Quinoa flakes are a far healthier alternative to bran cereals.
You may think grease, fat and salt, but sugar is rarely thought about when it comes to french fries. Fries are made from potatoes, and spuds have the highest glycemic index of any of the vegetables around. This means that the carbohydrates that are packed into each fry turn to sugar as they are consumed. The sugar actually gets taken into the blood stream, increasing insulin levels, and the chances of visceral fat forming around your vital organs.
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