One of the topics I haven’t really covered during the 28 Day Total Body Detox is why it’s super important to avoid refined sugar during the detox – and really, for the rest of your life. Deep down, I think we all know that white, refined sugar isn’t good for us.  Partly because it tastes soooo good, right? There are so many sources of sugar in processed foods today, that it’s really hard to avoid when you’re eating anything that is processed. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s important to check the labels for hidden sugar content.  Here is list from Prevention.com:

  • sucrose
  • fructose
  • glucose
  • dextrose
  • galactose
  • lactose
  • maltose
  • invert sugar
  • raw sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • brown sugar
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • corn syrup
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • molasses

Although I have been making an effort to avoid added sugar during the 28 Day Total Body Detox, I haven’t completely eliminated it.  I didn’t realize that it was in my healthy salad dressing from Renée’s Gourmet! I’ll have to go back to making my own.

Interestingly this topic came up in the May edition of GI News (it’s from Australia so it’s already posted) and lead me to a great story on CBC’s 60 Minutes, with Dr. Sanjay Gutpa. It’s called: Is Sugar Toxic? and you can watch it here.

Ultimately the decision is yours on whether you eliminate or reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. There are no studies that show a health benefit, that’s for sure.  And if you think diet soda is an option – think again.  I struggled with my own Diet Coke addiction for years and have finally kicked the habit – not a drop since January 1, 2012. I remember reading a study in first year Psychology in University about how diet sodas make you crave more sugar.  From personal experience, I can tell you that this is true.  Do your cells a favour – stick to water, herbal tea, homemade juicing and after the detox, an occasional glass or two of red wine!

 

 

 

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