The impact of sugar on health
continues to be a controversial topic
Many countries around the world have set targets to limit added sugar in foods, which they justify by expressing concern on the likely negative impact sugar can have on health (Ruxton et al., 2010). However, of all the studies published thus far, there is little evidence that supports the idea that sugar can actually cause disease or any health problem (Stanhope, 2016). There are plausible research studies that suggest that sugar can lead to cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. There are also epidemiological studies showing that sugar consumption is associated with weight gain. But the truth is there are many evidence gaps and before policy changes happen added sugar will remain in just about everything.
While science waits for valid evidence there are others who have taken matters into their own hands. Dr. Mark Hyman claims that sugar, not fat, is the culprit behind weight gain. His reasoning lies in the fact that Americans consume the most sugar in the world and the USA has the highest percentage of overweight adults and children. The question is should you wait for science to take its time only to find out the truth about sugar?
Although science may not have the answers yet, excessive sugar consumption logically doesn’t seem like a good idea. Like the good old saying goes, everything in moderation!
So, if you are deciding to reduce or quit sugar than you have probably realized it’s a lot harder than you thought it would be. Sugar seems to be in everything. Not just in the obvious candy or soda pop, but also in food items you probably never thought had sugar. Sugar hides in foods such as tomato sauce, bread, juice, cereal, etc. But is it really necessary to quit your favorite foods?
Check out this dessert for some inspiration! Yes, it is possible to enjoy food and reap the nutritional benefits!
Easy No-Bake “Tim-Bits
½ cup Organic Walnuts
¼ cup Organic Almonds
¼ cup Organic Cocoa Nibs
¼ cup Organic Shredded Coconut
1 Tsp. Organic Raw Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp. Organic Raw Unpasteurized Honey
3 Organic Dates
Directions: Soak walnuts in water for 10-15 minutes. Soak dates for 10-15 minutes. Mix all ingredients in a food processor and make it little balls. *Note: You can use maple syrup or 3 more dates instead of honey. You can replace raw cocoa with raw carob powder.