Kickstart 2016| Giving Up Sugar & Sugar Derivatives

Kickstart 2016| Giving Up Sugar & Sugar Derivatives

Hello AC lovers,

How’s the detoxing going? If you haven’t read our detox post, you can find it here: http://www.absolutelychi.com/new-year-detox-kickstart-2016/ . I’m back to push you further towards that goal of a healthier and fitter you; you ready?! This five letter word: S.U.G.A.R is sometimes undermined due to ignorance and at times, a lack of understanding of its actual functionality. To begin, sugar is not bad at all; there are many benefits (just ask your favorite Diabetic Aunt or Uncle).

Sugar is a necessity and the main energy source for the body cells. It is referred to as blood sugar or glucose when in the body, for a reason. Every food ingested in the mouth, whether carbohydrate, protein, fats, oil and vitamins are converted into this sugar (glucose). Moving on though- while I still have your attention, sugar, although not bad, can also not be good for you either, if taken in excessive amounts. A spike in the glucose level in the body triggers an insulin response, thereby can lead to chronic and long-term conditions like diabetes 1 and 2, pre-eclampsia, and obesity etc., if not addressed accordingly. The right intake of glucose from our diet and balance in the body is NEEDED for proper functionality.

For detoxifying purposes, the opposite works in this case. Sugar is combated during this process because of the excessive amounts already stored in the body due to overeating from large plate portions, and bad diet. Sugar is seen as a toxin needed to be eradicated from the body immediately. When sugar is excess in the body, it stores in as glucose (in the form of glycogen) and fat (fatty acids) in our liver, and muscles i.e. stomach, arms, breast, hips, thighs, butt and even organs like the heart and kidneys. As a result, the visible and increased fat storing process serves as a sign of weight gain and a reminder to lose weight and detox, when necessary.

How do I give up sugar then?

That is a fantastic question, that can be tricky and hard to adjust to if you’re a sweet tooth lover, like I am. Giving up sugar is simply that…giving up sugar! It is eating foods wholly as they come without any added sugar during cooking or eating. It also includes shying away from processed and packaged foods, snacks and drinks with sugar as an ingredient in the food label. For example, when at the grocery store, take a look at any food item, locate the ingredients at the back of the produce and ensure that sugar is not enlisted as a component. If yes, it has to go (let it go, let it go…lol). At times, some food labels can be deceiving and actually include sugar into its ingredients, but often times, it’s hard to tell based on the form/type of sugar used, so many people overlook this and consume it anyways.

This leads to my next point, KNOW YOUR SUGAR DERIVATIVES!! Yes, you have to. In this 21st century, the rise of Industries for manufacturing is similar to the rise of sugar alternatives in the agriculture and food manufacturing world. There are several derivatives of sugar, which are alternatively replaced for a low-calorie food intake, or simply for deception. Below are all known sugar derivatives and hidden names.

[col1]• Fructose
• Glucose
• Galactose
• Sucrose
• Lactose
• Maltose
• Dextrose
• Powdered Sugars; Confectionery Sugar, Icing Sugar.
• Chemical Artificial Sweeteners; Aspartame (NutraSweet), Saccharin (Sweet-N-Low), Sucralose (Splenda).
• Natural Sweeteners; Stevia, Monk fruit.
• Agave
• Barley Malt
• Beet Sugar
• Brown Sugar
• Brown Rice Syrup
• Cane Sugar 
• Sucanat
• Sorbitol
• Sorghum Syrup
[/col1] [col2]• Cane Juice
• Cane Juice Crystals
• Carob Syrup
• Castor Syrup
• Caramel
• Coconut Sugar
• Corn Sweetener
• Corn Syrup
• Corn Syrup Solids
• Crystalline Fructose
• Date Sugar
• Demerara Sugar
• Dextran
• Diastatic Malt
• Diastase
• Ethyl Maltol
• Evaporated Cane Juice
• Fruit Juice

• Sugar
• Syrup
• Treacle
• Turbinado Sugar
• Yellow Sugar[/col2] [col3]• Fruit Juice Concentrate
• Glucose Solids
• Golden Sugar
• Golden Syrup
• Granulated Sugar
• Grape Sugar
• High Fructose Corn Syrup
• Honey
• Invert Sugar
• Jaggery
• Malt Syrup
• Maltodextrin
• Maple Syrup
• Molasses
• Muscovado Sugar
• Palm Sugar
• Panela
• Panocha
• Rapadura 

• Refiner’s Syrup
• Rice Syrup
• Rice Bran Syrup
• Raw (Cane) Sugar[/col3]

The list in endless and can keep going. What matters is making smart decisions on the types of sugar you use. It is always advisable to stick with the naturally derived ones like honey, raw cane sugar & juice, molasses, maple syrup and coconut sugar.

So, now you know everything about sugar 101. How you make use of this lengthy piece of information to better yourself is what matters on this fitness journey. Le fin! Until next time, do have an absolutely blessed week guys.

Ife <3

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