In the 1700s, the average person consumed roughly seven pounds of sugar per year. Today the average person consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year and obesity rates are skyrocketing. If you want to lose weight and get healthy, you must eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of sugar you’re consuming. This includes white sugar and its nasty cousins, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and corn syrup solids. They are high in calories, highly addictive, nutrition poor, and cause your blood sugar to rise and fall. Hello Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, inflammation, yeast infections, an expanding waistline, and a long list of medical and dental conditions. Eating too much sugar causes a boatload of dreadful medical conditions and is stored in your body as fat.
If you’re craving a bit of sweetness on your oatmeal, a squirt of maple syrup or honey is better. And if you must have something sweet on a rare occasion, make sure it’s one cookie, not four, and that it’s made with pure ingredients (like a homemade chocolate chip cookie) and not the preservative-laden, hydrogenated crap they sell at the grocery store. If you’re craving chocolate, have a small bite of dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa and made with raw cane sugar and no artificial crap. No, a Tootsie Roll won’t cut it. Look at the label: it’s made with sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (hello clogged arteries and high cholesterol), condensed skim milk (woo hoo, a hint of nutrition), cocoa, whey, soya lecithin, and artificial and natural flavors (could you be more specific?). Eating artificial sweet crap is never okay if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.