Fitness Facts: SUGAR


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Watch your sugar intake this Halloween!

🔹In moderation, sugar is an important and vital part of your diet. It is either used as an immediate energy source or saved for later use in your muscles, liver, or body fat.
🔹The body releases insulin when it detects too much sugar in the bloodstream to filter it out & store it for later. The problem with excess sugar intake is the excess insulin causes the sugar to be stored directly as body fat.
🔹A diet high in sugar can contribute to weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, & type-2 diabetes.
🔹2 main forms of sugars are refined & unrefined. Refined sugars come in sources like table sugar, candy, & pastries. Unrefined sugars are found in fruits, some vegetables, & other natural foods.
🔹Foods that contain refined sugars are normally less healthy because the sugar content is usually high, the products usually include other unhealthy ingredients, & are usually high in calories.
🔹Foods that contain unrefined sugars are more beneficial because they are generally more nutrient dense, usually containing more vitamins, minerals, & fiber.
🔹Sometimes when the body’s blood sugar levels are low it causes sugar cravings. If you’re going to eat sugar, get it from naturally occurring sweeteners fruit, dark chocolate, or yogurt. Be careful of fruit consumption at night as the natural fructose in sugar can be stored as fat if unused.
🔹Another way to curb sweet cravings is to use an artificial sweetener. One of the best to use is organic Stevia. Stevia can be found in your grocery store as drops or packets.
🔹The best time to consume sugar is post-workout. It helps carry nutrients to muscles, refuels energy storage, & helps aid recovery.
🔹If your primary goal is weight loss, minimizing sugar consumption can help decrease the amount of fat your body stores.
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