Natren Probiotics

Understanding Foods With Sugar

On average our daily sugar consumption has gone from 1to2 tablespoons to 1 pound a day, and most don't even know they are having it.  When you talk about sugar most people say "I don't have sugar", "I limit my sugar", "I only eat all natural sugars found in fruit".  If only that were true, what most don't understand is that the majority of processed food now contains more sugar than anyone wishes to talk about.  Bread, pasta, ketchup, cereal, peanut butter, jelly....just to name a few items.  Sugar is sugar, whether you are having cane sugar, palm sugar, corn syrup, syrup, honey, sweet fruit, or carbohydrates your body does not know the difference and it processes it as a sugar.  

The more foods that you consume with a higher sugar content the more likely you will create candida or yeast in your body, you will experience inflammations and a lower immune system response ultimately leaving your body vulnerable to attack.  Most often attacks start as an allergic response and if left unattended it can allow your body the ability to build up bacteria which will result in a cold, bronchitis, the flu and any number of infections stemmed by bacteria.  

Before you pick up that glass of store bought orange juice please consider how many oranges it took to make that one glass, how much sugar did they add to the mix and then ask yourself if it was sugar that got you into this mess do you really think it's going to help get you out?   Having a glass of orange juice is nice if you squeezed the orange yourself and you only have one.  Oranges are a sweet fruit and are considered a high glycemic food, while the vitamin c can be helpful it's benefits are being drowned out with sugar.  Sugar is sugar.  Keep in mind that most attacks lead to allergies, cold, flu; however, these are only signs to help you understand your limits.  If you continue to push your own sugar consumption limit you can increase your chances for other disorders and disease to present themselves down the road.  

How about Fruit:

Limit your consumption to a maximum of 25 grams per day, with a maximum of 15 grams from whole fruit. If you're already overweight, have diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease (or are at high risk of any of them) then you're probably better off cutting that down to a total of 10-15 grams per day, including that from fruit. As you can see in this table, some fruits are very high in fructose, so munching indiscriminately could really set you back.
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose
Limes 1 medium 0
Lemons 1 medium 0.6
Cranberries 1 cup 0.7
Passion fruit 1 medium 0.9
Prune 1 medium 1.2
Apricot 1 medium 1.3
Guava 2 medium 2.2
Date (Deglet Noor style) 1 medium 2.6
Cantaloupe 1/8 of med. melon 2.8
Raspberries 1 cup 3.0
Clementine 1 medium 3.4
Kiwifruit 1 medium 3.4
Blackberries 1 cup 3.5
Star fruit 1 medium 3.6
Cherries, sweet 10 3.8
Strawberries 1 cup 3.8
Cherries, sour 1 cup 4.0
Pineapple 1 slice
(3.5" x .75")
Grapefruit, pink or red 1/2 medium 4.3
Fruit Serving Size Grams of Fructose
Boysenberries 1 cup 4.6
Tangerine/mandarin orange 1 medium 4.8
Nectarine 1 medium 5.4
Peach 1 medium 5.9
Orange (navel) 1 medium 6.1
Papaya 1/2 medium 6.3
Honeydew 1/8 of med. melon 6.7
Banana 1 medium 7.1
Blueberries 1 cup 7.4
Date (Medjool) 1 medium 7.7
Apple (composite) 1 medium 9.5
Persimmon 1 medium 10.6
Watermelon 1/16 med. melon 11.3
Pear 1 medium 11.8
Raisins 1/4 cup 12.3
Grapes, seedless (green or red) 1 cup 12.4
Mango 1/2 medium 16.2
Apricots, dried 1 cup 16.4
Figs, dried 1 cup 23.0

Everyone always says.. "I want to live for today, and I want to eat what I eat"... just remember "You are what you eat" and if you push your body limits too much for too long then it will eventually push back.  Your body's first mission in life is survival.  In order to survive your body must find the following:

1.  PH balance - alkalinity (found in live raw vegetables)
2.  Maintain good Flora (good bacteria found in probiotics)
3.  Endurance - achieved thru exercise and helps to properly burn carbohydrates

If you are drowning your body in foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates than you are creating a war for your body to fight.  The more your body has to fight to survive the less it can spend on doing what it was meant to do... 'function' for you.  Digestion becomes compromised, toxins build up and pollute your bloodstream, while opening you up for many other disorders that can make you miserable in your daily life and can eventually kill you.  If you are already to the point where you are experiencing disease and disorder then more sugar and carbohydrates will only make matters worse.
When we pay attention to our body symptoms we begin to understand our limits.  By understanding our limits we can learn how to find balance, experience less disease and disorder, and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Below is a list of foods to learn to limit or avoid:

Sugar - All kinds (cane, palm, etc)
Corn Syrup
Maple Syrup
Peanut Butter with sugar added
Sweet Fruit (bananas, oranges, red apples, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango)
Sweet Veggies (carrots, corn, tomatoes)
Processed foods

On a side note,  removing sugar and replacing it with Sucralose, Asparatame, Splenda and other synthetic sugars are not the answer you are looking for... they contain chemicals and toxins which are not natural to the body and bring their own problems to overcome.  A great all natural replacement is "Stevia".  Make sure you buy only the brand that says "Stevia", all others are genetically modified and lack the benefits real "Stevia" can offer.  You can also grow your own stevia plant and use the leaves dried or right off of the plant to sweeten recipes and drinks.

In Summary, if prevention is the cure then hopefully you will see this information as a key to possibly what has been ailing you.  Hopefully with this you will find relief from your symptoms while you test your body limits and limit your sugar intake.

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