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Sugar, Salt, Fat — Your Addiction

Can’t deny it.

How did all this come about? This addiction to sugar. I remember when I was a kid we had sugar and it took a toll on my teeth. Lost two teeth because of all the candy we had. I don’t even remember eating it. I think a lot of my addiction came from plain old white sugar my Mom would put in our oatmeal each morning because I don’t remember candy. We were too poor to have candy. Apparently, candy showed up somewhere.

Still today I’ve got to have it especially after I eat something that is highly seasoned or after onions. And I have to have some daily no matter what form it takes. Ketchup, bread, barbecue sauce, peanut butter, butter spreads, mayonnaise, orange juice, baked beans, maple syrup, bagels, yogurt, cereal; all processed food has sugar in it.

The average American eats 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, according to the American Heart Association. Be careful and read the nutrition facts label when choosing carbonated beverages, flavored milks and sports drinks.

Here is how you can find sugar in what you eat. Names such as corn syrup, rice syrup, fructose, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, raw sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, confectionary sugar are all the bad stuff that could lead to diabetes.

What does diabetes have to do with heart disease? Diabetes is the strongest risk factor known for heart disease. High glucose (blood sugar) is a key component in the biology that causes hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, which is the main driver of heart attack and stroke. In the cardiology clinic, diabetes is referred to as the number one “silent killer” — even more so than high blood pressure. Half of all heart attacks occur in people who didn’t have any symptoms or warning signs. This is why it’s important to get your blood glucose level checked periodically.

And also salt. It is also in everything we eat. Canned vegetables, beans, olives, spreads, pickles, noodles, chicken, beef, pork chops along with the items mentioned above so we get a double whammy of that. All this can lead to heart disease as well. Our body gets used to having this taste and on top of that we add more!

We think it is our body wanting this; in actuality, it is our mind because we are missing something in our life that we need to help us feel happy.

The best things I have learned and followed to the best of my ability about food are:

— eat raw as much as possible
 — make your own snacks with nuts and dried fruit
 — make your own yogurt. Make it with almond milk or coconut milk
 — stay away from creams of every kind
 — use more vinegar and olive oil
 — use more turmeric and ginger
 — don’t eat meat everyday
 — no processed cheese or meats
 — eat more fish
 — live off homemade vegetable soup cooked with raw veggies
 — cut out or cut down on bread and spreads
 — eat a lot of green vegetables

The food industry is only out to make money not to nourish us. Keep that in mind the next time you go shopping.