Friday, June 24, 2016

Sugar Worse Than Fat?

We have always been told to watch our saturated and trans fats because they can clog arteries and raise our bad cholesterol leading to heart disease. Now, new research shows that there may be a bigger culprit to our health.

Sugar can in fact be a far greater danger to your heart than fat. Inflammation in the artery walls is directly contributed to high sugar consumption. Sugar or foods that convert quickly to sugar in the body (simple carbs such as cereals, white bread, enriched pasta, white rice, and potatoes) increases the production of insulin, which tells your body to start storing fat and raises your blood pressure.

According to Mark Houston, MD, author of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease," our good cholesterol decreases and triglycerides ( a fat found in the blood stream that is a serious risk factor for heart disease) increase when sugar intake is up.

When starches (simple sugars) are combined with saturated/trans fat foods (e.g.  French fries, pizza, etc), our triglycerides levels are hit with a double whammy. The increased insulin holds on to the fat in our bloodstream, causing clogged arteries and increased belly fat.

While you don't have to completely swear off your favorite foods, it is best to keep a balanced diet. Eat your comfort food in moderation and watch portion control. Pizza is my kryptonite, so if I can do it, so can you!

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