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It is not secret that sugar is bad for our waistlines, but did you know it can have unsavoury impacts on our brains as well?
In the video above I explain how sugar affects our Neuropathways in our brain.
Neuroplasticity, is the flexibility of the brain to change, which requires our neurons to be supple. When we take in a lot of sugar, these neurons become rigid. Thus hindering any positive change or learning to take place.
Sugar is everywhere now and we are all eating too much of it. Our food is processed and sugar is added to most ingredient lists. Sometimes the name is disguised. Fructose, glucose, corn syrup and dextrose are all sugar. In fact, there are 61 different names for sugar on food labels.
No wonder we don’t realise how drastically our sugar intake has risen, and why so many of us are now hooked.
How do we know how much sugar is too much sugar?
According to the NHS adults shouldn’t consume more than 30g of added sugar per day.
When you look at a food label more than 15g of total sugar per 100g is considered a high sugar content, 5g or less per 100g of total sugars means it has a low sugar content.
Some of the bad guys and how we can defeat them:
A 12 oz can of Coca-Cola has 39g of total sugar. It’s no secret that fizzy drinks contain lots of sugar. Try instead to have water, or if you want the fizz, try some sparkling water.
Low fat Yogurt with fruit can have about 19g of sugar per pot. Instead try to find natural yoghurt or greek yogurt and add your own fruit such as raspberries, which are lower in sugar than most other fruits.
Canned soup can have up to 15g of sugar per portion. They add sugar in as a preservative so it can stay on shelves or in your cupboard for longer. Although ever so slightly more time consuming you’d be better making your own soup from scratch. This way you can also make a big batch of vegetable soup and freeze some portions for the week ahead. And you can also be sure of exactly what you’re eating.
Bread. Some types of bread can have up to 2 grams of sugar per slice. When buying bread make sure you look for varieties that have little or no added sugar.
Flavoured coffee. Some coffee houses offer some mouthwatering options for drinks, but they are loaded with sugar. Some varieties can really hike up your sugar intake. For example, a large mocha with whipped cream can contain around 73g of sugar per serving.
For a caffeine fix stick to filtered coffee or an Americano.
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