Excess sugar creates excess problems.
The next time you are in Sam’s Club or any other grocery store purchasing drinks, think smart and read the labels. Most sodas, flavored waters, and teas are loaded with sugar that your body does not need.
Nutritional intake varies depending on how much money and how much time you have. So it’s easy to become accustomed to getting the best deal on the worst beverages.
Sugar-filled drinks like Capri Sun, Coke, and Vitamin Water, are overstocked in our pantries. I know because I was guilty of buying sugar in bulk for my children. As long as I didn’t have to hear “I’m thirsty” or “There is nothing to drink,” I was a happy mama. But I soon learned that I was promoting unhealthy practices that could lead to serious health problems or even death for myself and my children. So I weighed my options – listen to the whining or contribute to a tragic circumstance. That was not a difficult decision. Now, the mainstays include water, milk, and an occasional “cheat” drink on family night.
Reading labels is crucial to your grocery routine. It will show that sugar drinks and other processed sweet treats are high in fructose. Fructose is not detrimental when absorbed in its natural form via fruits. However, when commercially manufactured for taste it is known as high fructose corn syrup, which is a dangerous chemical that does not metabolize for your benefit. According to beverage industry fructose makes up 55% of most sugared drinks!
Fructose should not be confused with glucose. Glucose is important for your body and can be found in potatoes and other foods. Excess fructose, on the other hand, is not vital and can lead to many health problems for you and your family according to Authoritynutrition.
- Make your liver synthesize fats, which are exported as VLDL cholesterol, which leads to dyslipidemia (blood triglycerides and cholesterol), fat around the organs and ultimately, heart disease.
- Increase blood levels of uric acid, leading to gout and elevated blood pressure.
- Cause deposition of fat in the liver, potentially leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Cause insulin resistance, which ultimately leads to obesity and type II diabetes.
Learn more about sugar drinks at HuffingtonPost.