3 Reasons to Avoid Processed Sugar and What to Eat Instead
1. Reward Response:
Sugar is addictive. Eating foods on the high-glycemic index scale or consuming more sugar than you should in one sitting, produces a reward response within your body, leaving you not only to develop hunger faster, but making you addicted to this response within your brain.
2. Your Glucose Increases:
Well, that’s not so scary, right? Wrong. Excess sugar may harm the brains cognitive function, affecting things like memory and ability to pay attention. It can also cause changes in mood by changing the way your brain processes emotions.
3. Blood Vessel Damage:
Excess sugar can harm blood vessels, and over long periods of time, is the major cause of vascular complications of diabetes, which leads to other problems like damage to blood vessels in the brain and eyes, causing retinopathy (eye floaters, blurriness, trouble perceiving colors)
For a healthy treat, we recommend fruits like organic strawberries and blueberries! Organic fresh or frozen wild blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are the best choice for avoiding a glycemic response. Wild, organic blueberries are known to have some of the highest levels of antioxidants of all fruits, and may aid in blood sugar control and improving memory and cognition. The powerful antioxidants may help improve blood flow within the brain and protect it from free radical damage. Because certain fruits have of a higher glycemic index (their ability to raise blood sugar) than others, many fruits may not be appropriate for accomplishing your dietary goals. We recommend you consult your physician on the acceptable portions and best substitutions for your unique conditions and health goals.