3D Living Nutrition Looks at the Benefits of Cutting Sugar from your Diet…. and what a surprise!
We’ve been told for YEARS that fat was the biggest enemy of a healthy heart, but that’s just not so. Simply reducing your intake of sugar, particularly added sugars such as those found in processed foods, will benefit your heart health in several ways:
You will reduce your risk of heart attack according to a recent study. Healthy fats, even saturated fats like pasture butter, grass fed beef and coconut oil and eggs don’t raise “bad” cholesterol, sugar does! If that wasn’t enough to convince you, sugar, not salt, raises blood pressure.
Reducing sugar intake will help keep your brain healthy as well. A diet high in added sugar reduces the production of a chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps the brain form new memories and remember the past. According to recent research published in the journal Neurology, sugar and other carbohydrates can disrupt your brain function even if you’re not diabetic or have any signs of dementia. Excessive, chronic sugar intake is also associated with increased risk of depression.
Regardless of your age, if you want clear, beautiful healthy skin, limiting sugar is definitely on the short list. Too much sugar and dairy aggravates acne and also causes the formation of AGES, where sugar attaches to protein and damages collagen and elastin, which results in sagging, wrinkled skin.
A common and dangerous condition known as fatty liver disease is also aggravated by too much sugar. And fatty liver disease increases your risk of developing diabetes and certain cancers. By the way, cancer’s fuel of choice is also sugar.
Are you convinced, yet, of the importance of limiting your sugar consumption?
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