Healthy eating

Warning! Sugary drink alert.

The recipe for coca cola is a highly guarded secret, yet one look at the ingredients list (e.g. high fructose corn syrup, caramel color and phosphoric acid) gives me enough knowledge to know that I don’t want to let a drop pass my lips.

I don’t know what the natural flavors are, or what constitutes the caramel color part of coke. I don’t need to even bother to find out. You see it’s the high fructose corn syrup that stops me from drinking the stuff.

What’s so wrong with high fructose corn syrup you may ask, after all it’s only sugar. Yes it is sugar, and that is just the problem.

Sugar is not only extra empty calories without nutritional value, its chemical make-up means that it is not easy for our bodies to metabolize. Our bodies turn sugar into fat. Sugar turns to fat in our livers, and elsewhere. It produces the worst kind of cholesterol. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the by-products of sugar metabolism in our bodies cause oxidative stress (basically they cause damage) to our cells and organs.

Sugar tastes deceptively good, but taste can be deceiving. Sugar affects the way our bodies balance appetite to energy requirement. The more sugar you eat, the hungrier you will feel. Sugar will drive you to want more food to get through the day.

Apparently, one half of us are drinking a sugary drink every day, and some of us even more than that. If you want to take care of your body and your health, one of the very best things you can do is to stop drinking liquids with added sugar. Eliminate the chemicals, the caramel color, the high fructose corn syrup. Try water with a slice of lemon, or milk, or tea next time you get thirsty, your body will be healthier for it. 

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