7 Harmful Effects of Sugar

7 Harmful Effects of Sugar

The effects of sugar on the body are numerous and well-documented and very few of them are positive.  Consumed in small amounts, sugar is harmless and an great source of energy.  However, we’ve passes the “small an\mount” stage as a culture and sugar is now in almost everything we eat.  The human body was never meant to consume this much sugar or have in every meal, every day.  Here is a short list of what sugar does to your body.

1.  Sugar Causes Tooth Decay – (Source)

Eating foods high in sugar and other carbohydrates will feed the bacteria in your mouth which can eat through the protective layer of enamel and cause cavities.

2.   Sugar Causes Diabetes – (Source)

Eating foods high in sugar (Specifically fructose) can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity causing the pancreas to have to secrete more insulin to compensate.  If this continues for long enough, the pancreas will “burn out” and stop producing insulin at all, necessitating insulin injections

3.   Sugar Causes Heart Failure – (Source)

More and more evidence is being discovered that sugar doesn’t just cause heart disease in the way we used to believe it did, but it also seems to have an affect on the pumping ability of the heart.  It’s looking like sugar actually breaks down the muscle fibers in the heart itself.

4.  Sugar causes Hypertension – (Source)

You have probably heard your entire life that if you have high blood pressure, you should avoid salt.  However new evidence is being found that it might actually be sugar that is the culprit here.  Just as a personal aside, I rarely used salt on anything for years and my blood pressure was getting crazily out of hand.  (I talk about it here)  No medicines could get it under control and I was in real danger of stroking out.  Within a month of cutting sugar out of my diet, my BP was at least low enough that medication could control it.  I have wondered many times if I had never read this information if I would have survived the year.

5.  Sugar causes cancer – (Source)

For many years, the line was that sugar didn’t seem to cause cancer but once you had cancer, cancer lived off of sugar and thrived in high sugar environments.  However, new evidence is being discovered that sugar not only helps sugar to spread but may also cause it as well.

6.  Sugar harms your liver – (Source)

Sugar affects your liver in much the same way as alcohol.  A little every once in a while is fine but chronic use inevitably causes liver damage.  The problem here is that sugar in about 80% of the products on store shelves so it’s REAL hard to avoid if you aren’t being diligent.  In fact we have seen a sharp uptick in NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) which means people are finding they have the liver of a life long alcoholic even if they never drink.

7.  Sugar is Making You Fat – (Source)

Your body turns the fructose in sugar into abdominal fat as fast as it can.  This used to be a great thing.  Fruits were pretty much the only way our ancestors had easy access to fructose.  Fruits would ripen in the spring, we would eat them and put on a few pounds to get us through winter.  But now fructose is in almost everything we eat so we are constantly putting on pounds and there is no long winter to force us to slough them off.  They just keep piling on.

What should you do about all this?  Stop eating sugar!

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Jan 7th – Jan 13th!

My Sugar Free Meal Plan pin (1)

One of the things I find to be the most helpful when cutting out sugars and carbs is to plan out my meals in advance so I can see exactly what it is that I will be preparing.  This way I can be sure to get everything I need from the store and not get stuck in a situation where I don’t have that one key ingredient I need to make a meal complete.  This blog is so young that most of my recipes aren’t up yet and I hope to add them as quickly as I can.  (I know for a fact that I’m adding my Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe this Monday)  I’ve tried to include links to other recipes that are similar to mine where I can find them as a stopgap.

This week Kroger has boneless chicken breasts on sale for $1.77/lb and Pork Shoulder Roast for $1.69/lb.  Not rock bottom prices but about a quarter/lb cheaper than normal.  Also Safeway has a Whole Boneless Pork Loin on for $1.77/lb so that will be our Sunday meal.

Thursday the 7th

Grilled Chicken Breast over Spinach Salad

Friday the 8th

Hamburger patties, Green Beans and Brazi Bites

Saturday the 9th

Stuffed Green Peppers

Sunday the 10th

Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder Roast with Veggies

Monday the 11th

Marinated Baked Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash & Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday the 12th

Rosemary Garlic Rubbed Pork Loin with Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday the 13th

Leftover night

1/6 Weightloss Wednesday: 9 Lbs Down!

1/6 Weightloss Wednesday: 9 Lbs Down!

It’s time for another Weightloss Wednesday!  Today I talk about how excited I am to see progress and why I struggle with Mexican food.  Thanks for watching!

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Condiments Edition

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Condiments Edition

Condiments can be tricky to shop for on a sugar free diet.  I kind of expected to have a hard time with ketchup but I was really surprised to find out that most mayonnaise had sugar also.  So to help those of you trying to avoid sugar like me, I have made a little trip to my local Walmart and looked at all the condiments with no added sugar and organized them below.  I have included pictures so you can see what they look like and links in case you want to order something.

You can find the small but growing list of What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store here.  Please feel free to share this so more people can see it.

Mustards

Screenshot_1 Screenshot_2

All Yellow Mustards

Screenshot_3

Zatarain’s Creole Mustard

Screenshot_4

French’s Deli Mustard Horseradish

Ketchup

Screenshot_5

Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup (Contains Sucralose)

Mayonnaise

Screenshot_6

Duke’s Real Mayonnaise

Hot Sauce

Screenshot_7

Louisiana’s Pure Crystal Hot Sauce

Screenshot_8

Great Value Louisiana Hot Sauce

Screenshot_9

Louisiana Hot Sauce

Screenshot_10

Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce

Screenshot_12

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Screenshot_11

Tabasco Sauce

BBQ Sauce

Screenshot_13

G. Hughes Smokehouse BBQ Sauce – All Varieties

Other Condiments

Screenshot_14

Kitchen Bouquet Browning Seasoning Sauce

 

Screenshot_15

Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce

 

 

 

 

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe!

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe

Tea Brined Chicken has become one of my favorite ways to cook chicken.  It’s easy to prepare, very inexpensive and easily the juiciest chicken I have ever cooked.  I hope your family gets as much enjoyment out of it as my family has!


Tea Brined Chicken
Author: 
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12 Pieces of Chicken
 
An juicy chicken recipe that is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Is also gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Ingredients
  • 12 Chicken Legs
  • 2 Large Family-Sized Tea Bags
  • ½ cup Salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a small sauce pan with water and place the tea bags and salt in the water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes uncovered.
  3. Remove and discard tea bags and pour tea mixture over chicken, completely submerging chicken. Add water to cover chicken if needed
  4. Let sit and marinate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight
  5. Pour out and discard liquid and place chicken in a pan
  6. Cook on 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.
  7. Use a meat thermometer and stop cooking at an internal temperature of 185 degrees