To date, there are over 57 different types of sugar! From high fructose corn syrup, agave, brown sugar, cane juice crystals, cane sugar, lactose, malt sugar… the list goes on and on! Refined and added sugars often provide no nutritional benefits and are known as “empty calories." The good news is, there are healthier sweetener options available.
Why We Should Eat Less Sugar: There are many reasons to eat less sugar: sugar is addictive, can lead to weight gain, can cause tooth decay and lower our immune system. Sugar may taste sweet, however, it has some not-so-sweet side effects.
How Does Sugar Affect Our Health: Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are all associated with the consumption of excess sugar. Too much sugar in our diet can lead to insulin resistance, which can cause the body to store more fat. Insulin resistance is also associated with leptin resistance. Leptin is the hormone that helps us feel full and satisfied. It’s a vicious cycle!