Sugar! You’re killing us

AaronCrossFit

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Sugar, it’s bad, you know that? It really is. You can google it. Or, you can just look around. Unfortunately, though most people realize that sugar is bad, and/or sugar is the enemy, but they fail to realize how disguised sugar is around them, all day long, and they don’t even know it. To me, it’s very sad. Sugar is one of the most dangerous toxins on the planet, and instead of our schools, our teachers, our educators, leaders, etc. teaching us about the many dangers of this toxin, and where it can be found, they are behind closed doors continuing to find ways to disguise this toxin

SO, think about this:

Breakfast – Orange Juice, half slice english muffin, jam on top

Lunch – Sanwich, ham, cheese, fruit cup.

Snack – ______ Bar

Dinner – grilled chicken, brocolli, sweet potato

Most people would look at this day and think it was “healthy.” I will tell you, that is definitely what those that sell and market food want you to think. Me, I prefer marketing health. In the health world, I look at OJ, english muffin, and jam, as exactly what they are, sugar. Then, I look at lunch, bread, fruit, sugar. Dinner, sweet potato, sugar. I feel that this day is modest and most people have a difficult time eating even THIS well. This stinks. This is difficult to combat because this is what everyone has been told forever.

Think about sugar as this, a very toxic fast-burning energy source. Sure, it’ll get you up really quickly, but then you crash, and you want more. You NEED more. On top of that, your pancreas can only keep up with so much. So, while you’re trying to keep up the energy source, your body is too busy trying to process it still. You can’t eat snickers while running and think that you are actually burning THOSE calories. You can’t possibly ever out train a bad diet. You just can’t.

So, what do we do to fix this?

The first step is understanding sugar. A very very quick (.78 seconds according to Google) search of “other names for sugar” gave me this list:

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Palm sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

Basically, these are all names that if you see, just think sugar. Sugar, sugar, sugar. Toxic, Toxic, toxic.

Understand also, that fruit drinks are honestly some of the worst offenders out there. Some of the juice boxes have more sugar in them than soda! That’s upsetting, so does fruit juice, anything from concentrate and most things that say “sugar free” should really read “sugar hidden somewhere else”

Not trying to be the fun police, because believe me, I enjoy sugar just as much as anyone else. However, understanding where it is, where it’s hidden, and keeping an eye on intake can be instrumental. Don’t be someone that asks how many grams of sugar you can have each day. Don’t have sugar with every meal. Start there!

Hope this helps, if you have any quesitons or want to discuss any further, please don’t hesitate to reach out. CrossFitLWR@gmail.com

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