- Our bodies interpret carbs as sugar and it cues our pancreas to make more insulin. Insulin triggers our appetite which results in us eating more sugar. Sugar also stimulates the liver to make new fat cells, and once you have fat cells, you have them forever.
- Sugar likes to hide behind many different names and on labels it may be referred to as: glucose, fructose, maltose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, maltodextrin, dextrose, honey, and fruit juice concentrate.
Try to purchase groceries with the least amount of packaging as possible. Packaged foods like salad dressings, spaghetti sauces, soups and even pizza crusts can contain a lot of sugar. When you are going to purchase a packaged food item look for a single digit serving size (9 grams or less) of sugar.
I highly suggest you focus on eating a well-rounded diet, especially concentrating on protein, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. It's okay to get your sugar from fruit because fresh produce also has lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Besides eating whole unprocessed foods, cutting your sugar intake is probably the single best thing you can do to improve your health.