Day 9: Liquid Sugar

Hello Challengers and welcome to Day 9!

Today we’re sneaking a peek at liquid sugar and sorry to say the sneak peak ain’t so pretty.

For a lot of people, kicking the soda habit is HARD but, as a reformed diet soda drinker, (I started drinking it as a kid!), I can promise you, it’ll be worth it.  

Research shows that your body doesn’t register liquid sugar calories in the same way as sugar consumed in solid form. This can cause increased appetite, calorie intake and weight gain (especially around the abdomen). This applies to diet soda as well!

Debbie Downer Alert:
Regular consumption of liquid sugar can lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, high blood triglycerides and changes in LDL particles that increase heart disease risk. Kind of a bummer, don’t you think?

So what is one to do?

Learn to love the liquid that’ll love you back.  I’m talking about WATER, people! Please refrain from using plastic bottles as most likely they contain either BPA or BPS (the replacement for BPA with a new name).  Both disrupt the endocrine system and wreak havoc on our hormones…um, no thank you. You are also wise to pass on city water (unless you are using a high quality filter) as tap water will have chlorine and often added fluoride. Unfortunately because we’ve become so accustomed to highly refined sugar beverages many people don’t like water or find it, meh. If you are among the water = meh camp, try a little creative collaboration by adding lemon, lime, cucumber or herbs like mint or basil to brighten the flavor.  An easy solution would be to buy a water infuser pitcher.

Below is an infographic from Mercola.com for all you fact nerds (happily raising my hand here).

fructose overload infographic

Discover the fructose content of common foods, beverages, sauces, and even sugar substitutes in our infographic “Fructose Overload.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.

<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/fructose-overload-infographic.jpg" alt="fructose overload infographic" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Discover the fructose content of common foods, beverages, sauces, and even sugar substitutes in our infographic "<a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/fructose-overload.htm">Fructose Overload</a>." Visit our infographic page for the high-res version.</p>

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