The evidence keeps pouring in pointing to the dangers of fructose, which are found in soft drinks and most processed foods, from breads to cookies to crackers.
The latest study, which finds that people who consume the amount of fructose found in two-and-a-half soft drinks a day appear to have a higher risk of hypertension, appears in the current issue of theJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
People who took in at least 74 grams (about 18.5 tsp.) per day had 26% to 77% greater odds of crossing various thresholds of elevated blood pressure (P<0.05 for all), compared with lower levels of consumption, according to Diana Jalal, MD, of the University of Colorado Denver, and colleagues.
"Limiting fructose intake is readily feasible, and, in light of our results, prospective studies are needed to assess whether decreased intake of fructose from added sugars will reduce the incidence of hypertension and the burden of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. adult population," they wrote online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
One of the best ways to improve your health is to reduce your consumption of high fructose corn syrup — and that means, just nix the soft drinks. There is no human requirement for soda!
Over this holiday weekend, I encourage you to drink water rather than soda. You can pay a price for gulping all that fructose-laden sweetness.
"Thank you you dearly for a truly transformational motivational piece of work in your book.I have recommended your book to perhaps 50 plus friends and acquaintances. I now keep them on hand to share with others who are sincerely interested and those who care to change. Putting my the knowledge to use caused my body to… morph inside and out. I will send shocking photos of myself before and after. Thanks Bunches."
Since gingerbread cookies, eggnog, candy canes and chocolate geld (coins) abound at this time of year and you'll undoubtedly often be offered those and other tempting sweets this month, I invite you to start a process of self-discovery.
That's right, in my opinion, December is not the month to kick your sugar habit (unless you insist!)
Instead, I encourage you to learn what shock is and then do what I call "sugary soul searching" so you can learn if this applies to you.
Ask yourself such questions as:
When do sugary "treats" call out to you? Why do you cave into your candy cravings? How do you feel after eating sweets?
Then, just pay attention to how you behave all month. (Next month, we'll delve into the value of doing sugary soul searching and how it can help you to break free of your harmful habit.)
The idea to do this hit me, because my new Facebook friend Terri asked me, "What do you mean by Sugar Shock Connie?? I love how it sounds!!"
So here's my definition of sugar shock, which is also included in my book of the same name. (You can get a sneak peekof my book SUGAR SHOCK! here.)
Please bear in mind that sugar shock is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, including some one-quarter to one-half of the U.S. population.
SUGAR SHOCK!™ defined – A mood-damaging, personality-bending, health-destroying, confusion-creating constellation of symptoms affecting millions of peoople worldwide, who often turn to processed sweets and much-like-sugar carbs, which send their blood sugar levels wildly soaring and plummeting.
The term SUGAR SHOCK! is intended to encompass the often-misdiagnosed and maligned condition of reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), as well as other blood sugar disorders, from insulin resistance to diabetes.
Considerable research reveals that repeatedly overconsuming sweeteners, dessert foods, and culprit, quickie carbs (such as white rice, French bread, chips, etc.) wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, overstimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to more than 150 health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, severe PMS, failing memory, depression, mental confusion or "brain fog," mood swings, Candida, sexual dysfunction, infertility, wrinkles, acne, and early aging.
Victims of SUGAR SHOCK! also may experience such baffling symptoms as excessive fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, drowsiness or the opposite (sleeplessness), forgetfulness, heart palpitations, nightmares, blurred vision, muscle pains, temper outbursts, suicidal thoughts, and more.
Ultimately, this insidious SUGAR SHOCK! roller-coaster effect brought on by eating too many inferior carbs hampers sufferers' ability to function at full throttle–or even half throttle.
Does this sound like something you or a loved one is going through? Would you like to learn more about sugar shock?
Or just get your copy of SUGAR SHOCK! now to read during or after the holidays. This book is ideal to read in January so you can break free of your habit to lose weight, get energy, focus better, become happier and, of course, healthier.
Frequently, I hear from readers ofSUGAR SHOCK!In fact, of the hundreds of emails I receive daily, those from readers are the most heartwarming.
Here are some comments that came in yesterday in response to my email, in which I invited people to take a sneak peek of my book, get my shocking definition of sugar shock; learn my rather embarrassing story and how I used to act quite undignified when consuming sugar; and discover startling information about how millions are harmed by their excessive sugar consumption.
Kim [I changed her name to protect her privacy] from Michigan wrote:
"Embarrassing [sugar] story? It's exactly like my own life! Talk about humiliation. I've spent years in hiding, afraid that someone would find out. Yesterday, I received my copy of 'Sugar Shock' in the mail and I promise to do those things that freed you from a life of shame. My husband will reap all the benefits of having a much happier wife. We have been right at the door of divorce for almost 19 yrs. [He] has tried everything to get rid of this dark cloud of depression! Thank you, Connie for being our answer to prayer. Sincerely, [name], a trampled housewife, in Michigan"
Don't those remarks just bring tears to your eyes — or at least choke you up?
Would you like help to break free of your sugar habit so you can lose weight, get more energy, enjoy better relationships and become happier? Learn how to break free now. (Next program begins tomorrow.)
I always love hearing from readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK! and listeners to my Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.
But I especially appreciated this e-mail, which arrived on the second day that I’ve been forced to lay low because of huge stomach distress caused by a vicious case of food poisoning. (Never been this sick!)
…So, see what a reader of SUGAR SHOCK! just wrote to me:
"I want to thank you for your book [SUGAR SHOCK!]. It really opened my eyes as to hidden sugars in [foods]. I am just starting to get off sugar… [but] I’ve lost 25 pounds [so far] and have 25 more to go.Sugar is my hardest habit to kick after a life-long habit of eating sugar-laden foods.
— Mary Lee, Alabama"
Way to go, Marylee! So happy for you! Very impressive — 25 pounds! Keep up the good work.
I just love hearing from readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK! Here are some remarks from Paula in Minnesota.
"I just got your book yesterday and couldn’t stop reading it. I know I am a complete sugar junkie. Although I have no issues living without white bread, I can not let go of the candy, cookies, cakes, etc.
"My husband compared me to a drug addict (like my brother). I have one piece and then before I know, the whole bag is gone.
"I have been working on self-help and healing my heart and one of my journaling [exercises] is to look into your soul…
"I realized even as a child, I would steal change from my parents & siblings to buy candy. I remember eating out with my grandparents and opening the sugar packets and dumping them in my mouth. How horrible is that?! I can truely relate to it being an addiction and I am happy I found your book and research."
Thank you so much for writing, Paula. I sure hope my book helps you!
Readers, keep writing!
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