Our next nutrition challenge will have us avoiding sugar for 30 days. That’s great for a challenge, but why is it important?
First, let’s set a few things straight. We aren’t saying you have to avoid all sugar like fruits and veggies. We are asking you to avoid added sugar. So nothing with sugar listed as an ingredient (or any corn syrup derivative). This also includes sugars like honey and agave.
Many natural sources of sugar like fruits and veggies also have a fair amount of fiber which helps to blunt sugar’s inflammatory response.
But back to the topic at hand. Why should we avoid excess sugar?
- Sugar is addicting! Eating sugar stimulates dopamine productions and affects the brain similar to cocaine. You can become addicted to sugar!
- Sugar is highly inflammatory. Sugar increases blood glucose and insulin, both of which are toxic in high doses.
- Excess inflammation leads to increased fat storage.
- Constantly stimulating insulin production can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Limiting sugar leaves room for more nutrient dense foods like meats and vegetables.
- Avoiding added sugar can help with mood swings and afternoon tiredness.
- By not stimulating dopamine production, moods can level out and you won’t be on an energy level see-saw all day.
- The more you avoid sugar, the less you’ll crave it and the healthier you’ll be!