Do You Know How Much Sugar You Are Consuming?One key thing to being healthy is being aware of exactly what you are putting into your body. This means reading the ingredients, on everything.  One thing you must pay attention to is how much sugar is in your cereal, breads, crackers, junk foods, in everything. By the time sugar is packaged and refined, it has no nutritional value.  Excess amounts of refined sugar are stored in the liver as glycogen.  When the liver is too full, excess amounts of refined sugar are returned to the bloodstream as fatty acids. In other words, consuming excess refined sugars can lead to weight gain. High fructose corn syrup is another sweetener that has weaseled its way into foods that we consume everyday. Manufacturers love high fructose corn syrup. You can find it in juices, soda, yogurt, energy bars, candy, beer, breads, and even some frozen foods. High fructose corn syrup is sweeter than sugar, and is even more processed.  It will pay off to read the ingredients! Here is why:

 

So, how do you combat the fact that sugar and high fructose corn syrup is in everything?  Look for healthier alternatives for refined sugar. One very popular replacement is agave nectar. It can typically be found in health food stores next to honey. Agave nectar has zero processing chemicals and it absorbs slowly into the bloodstream, meaning it has no negative impact on blood-sugar levels.  You can also use it as a sugar replacement in any recipe.

 

The great news is this does not mean you have to give up cookies or sweets. There are options! Most health food stores (Whole Foods, Sprouts, Alfalfa’s, etc) have whole aisles devoted too sugar free sweets.   Most of these places carry Uncle Eddie’s vegan cookies (try them out – they are amazing not to mention low in calories and sugars).