We are living in times now that it is vitality important to become mindful about what we are eating and why?

It is not difficult to see that what we are eating is causing enormous health problems to both Adults and Children.

This is so crazy when we supposed live in a modern society, with great knowledge, living standards. How can I food be so wrong?

Unfortunately it is. In this article I give you an informative overview on one the many questionable debates on that is of SUGAR!

Any diet high in fructose and excess sugar no matter where it has been derived will make you weak.

Simple sugars are carbohydrates that are quickly absorbed by the body to produce energy.

They are also classified as “simple” because they contain only one or two units of sugar or saccharides.

These simple sugars are a major cause of food cravings, premature aging to your tissues. They disrupt hormone function, deplete your brain of energy and dopamine.

Simple sugars also raise triglycerides – leading to leptin resistance, insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity.

They what is known as kryptonite squared meaning that something that has the ability to make you feel weak.

What is Coconut Sugar?

Coconut sugar is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm.

It comes with a cost than granulated sugar but has the same number of carbohydrates and calories.

There are minimal benefits of coconut sugar that are making it a popular source within the health food world.

However this form of sugar does offer some trace nutrients that are not found in cane sugar.

Whilst it may have less of a dramatic impact on your blood sugar than other types of natural sweeteners and of course definite benefits compared to artificial sweeteners.

It is important to remember though that it is still a sugar and needs to kept to minimal quantity within your diet. One of the easiest ways to do this is to avoid processed and fast foods.

So Is It a Nutrient Superfood?

The answer here is NO! it does offer very small quantities vitamins and minerals that especially white table sugar doesn't.

These vitamins and nutrients are only in trace amounts. They include vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper.

Coconut sugar also provides small amounts of phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanidin, and antioxidants.

You'll also find the B vitamin inositol, often used as a mood booster, in coconut sugar.

However this is not an optimal way of getting your vitamin B or the other vitamins mentioned.

These nutrients are better sourced from eating fresh vegetables, meat, chicken, nuts, seeds, lentils and beans. Also with fruits that are low in fructose.

The best low-fructose fruits are:

•Blueberries and raspberries.
•Honeydew melon.
•Pear (with skin).

The Importance of Low Fructose:

Fructose is a major carbohydrate found in fruit, (commonly known as sugar). However a large quantity of fructose consumed in your diet is derived from sucrose.

Foods such as cakes, desserts, packet, tinned and highly processed foods including fruit juices, other sweetened beverages, sports drinks have large quantities of added fructose.

Sucrose is the sugar derived from cane sugar, the sugar found in your sugar bowl. Sucrose consists of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. This type of sugar is what your body quickly converts to fat.

The liver is the only organ than is able to break down fructose, one of the results of this process is the breakdown of triglyceride - a form of fat.

Hence where the term "fatty liver" comes from. A fatty liver as you can see develops from a diet high in fructose and sucrose. These diets consist mainly of processed foods, fast foods such as McDonalds, Hungry Jacks and so on. Also a diet including a large quantity of pastries, cakes, soft drinks, chips, lollies and also energy type drinks. Also heavily sweetened milk drinks.

An Example of this Deadly Diet: may follow as such- McDonalds for Breakfast, Pie and Iced Coffee for morning tea and a hamburger and coke for lunch. Snacks during the day may be anything from chocolate, to chips, lollies etc. This is the type of diet that is killing our nation and seeing the enormous increase in obesity, heart problems, diabetes, cancer and circulatory disorders.

Coconut sugar has 45% less fructose, so compared to table sugar and other natural sweeteners, is a slightly better option.

The Facts about Coconut Sugar are:

Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the cut flowers of the coconut palm. It does not come the actual coconut fruit, the part from which most beneficial coconut products are derived.

According Nutritional research it has been found that as mentioned coconut sugar does contain very small quantities of iron, zinc and calcium. However you would have to eat a ton of it to have any nutritional benefit as such. Not a good idea, you are better off eating real, fresh foods to get your nutrition.

Coconut sugar is lower than table sugar on the Glycemic Index (GI). This is what ranks carbs on how they affect your blood sugar (glucose). The Glycemic Index doesn't necessarily apply to sweeteners as such, as it doesn't measure fructose, this being the main component of coconut sugar. Therefore fructose ranks low on the Glycemic Index. This is because the body can't use it immediately for energy. It doesn't seem to affect blood sugar, but will deplete you of energy.

When eating lots of fructose, this goes straight to your liver. Your liver attempts to metabolize it, into a useful fuel before causing damage. This is where fructose is considered as toxic in large amounts.

The major component of coconut sugar is sucrose which makes it about the same as table sugar.

The bottom line is that sugar, is sugar no matter how you have it. Therefore if you eat large quantities of coconut sugar, it is going to cause additional work for your liver, causing toxic accumulation. Therefore increased risk of fungal infections, decreased brain function and will be metabolized directly into fat.

The Answer to Overcoming these Issues:

Is to follow a diet that includes 70% Vegetables, 10 % Fruit, 10 - 15 % Organic meat, Chicken and Fish. 15 % Nuts, Seeds and Plant Proteins such as Quinoa.

The rule of thumb is "Fresh is Best" this is what your body will derive it's energy from, it cleansing and detoxification, and the nutritional value to renew and recharge bodily organs and function.

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