The Hidden Sugars in High Street Coffee Shops
An investigation carried out by the UK Charity Action on Sugar, revealed this week that some UK coffee chains’ flavoured drinks can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar - 4 times more than that recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Why So Much?
Sugar is a popular ingredient in many products, not just in flavoured drinks, but also in many popular foods on the supermarket shelves.
Why not try to take a closer look at the full list of ingredients in the products you purchase on a regular basis? You’ll be surprised to see that sugar (or other forms of it as it can be found under a variety of different names) can be present in the most unlikely of products.
Sugar is a popular ingredient as is it an excellent preservative. It also tastes really good and most importantly it is a cheap ingredient.
How Does Sugar Contribute to Disease?
Studies continue to show the adverse health implications associated with consuming too much sugar in all its forms. Consuming too much sugar is toxic and this puts extra pressure on the liver to process it and to minimise the damage it can cause.
Too much sugar in the blood stream can cause damage to organs. Too much sugar in your food routine will also be stored as body fat. If you continue with high sugar eating habits, this will cause your body to not use your unwanted body fat for energy. Our bodies have an unlimited storage capacity for body fat.
Hence, stored fat, which is brought about from consuming excess sugars will cause inflammation in the body. Underlying body inflammation is not healthy as studies continually show that it is a factor contributing to a variety of conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, type 2 diabetes as well as certain autoimmune conditions. Studies are also shining light on the issue that certain neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease may be caused by excessive sugars in the diet.
Bottom Line - Real Food
Eating too much sugar is not good for overall health. Here at the Natural Low Carb Store we understand the importance of eating well and making the right choices to lose weight and to improve health.