Why a low-sugar diet is worth it

A life without sugar may only sound bitter. More and more people who have tried a sugar-free diet for themselves are reporting what science confirms: their skin is improving, as is their mood, as well as their health and figure. Tips for a happy life without (too much) sugar.

Sugar is perhaps the greatest poison that we unconsciously spoon into ourselves. Of course, it is well known that sugar is neither good for your figure nor for your teeth. But also that sugar causes the skin to age faster? Since sugar blocks the absorption of vitamins and destroys collagen, high sugar consumption is said to make the skin appear saggy, thin and pale.

More and more studies are also supporting the fact that sugar is one of the main causes of serious diseases such as diabetes, depression , Alzheimer’s, even cancer and multiple sclerosis. At the same time, our sugar consumption is steadily increasing.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average European consumption of sugar is five times higher than healthy. Women eat around 100 grams a day, or 32 sugar cubes a day. 25 grams is recommended.

And most of them are not even aware that they are consuming so much sugar. Sugar is also found in foods where we least expect it. Sausage, pickles, tomato sauce, low-fat yoghurt or bread do not taste like chocolate , but sometimes contain similar amounts of sugar .

Why it is like that? Because sugar tastes good and the brain automatically asks for more and more of it. And the food industry is taking advantage of that. “If you were to clear all items from the shelves that contained sugar, 20 percent of the items would remain,” says the documentary “full of sugar – That Sugar Film”.

Sugar has many names

Sugar has learned to hide well over the years—not just in food, but in chemical terms as well. Anyone who wants to lead a life without sugar should therefore avoid industrially produced foods and study the lists of ingredients carefully.

It is important to pay attention to ingredients such as glucose (dextrose), fructose (fruit sugar) or lactose (milk sugar). They are chemical terms for different types of added sugars. But also whey and skimmed milk powder, fruit and barley malt extract or thick juice artificially sweeten our food.

The walk through the supermarket quickly becomes an obstacle course. Processed fruit yoghurt, muesli or juices are eliminated, as are pretzels, types of sausage, wine and preserves.

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