If you are like me and you live and breathe health and fitness it's probably no surprise to hear that doughnuts and pastries, in general, are not healthy for you, but I have to assume that this fact isn't common knowledge to your average person. I see so many people blowing up like balloons and ending up sick in the hospital for things most likely linked to their diets.
If you haven't heard it yet, you can't out exercise a bad diet, and foods like tasty doughnuts will kill you if you eat it every day. Most people, unfortunately, aren't just eating doughnuts once a year or even once a month, it's more like three or four doughnuts a day or even a box of doughnuts in a single day.
According to an article by Doctor Mercola your average doughnut contains 35-40 percent trans fat and contains about 200 to 300 calories that mostly come from sugar. Trans fat is famous for "bad" LDL cholesterol, but also lower levels of heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. High trans-fat intake has been linked to coronary heart disease, in which fatty plaques build up in the heart arteries, sometimes leading to a heart attack.
Doughnuts will also throw your blood sugar out of whack. As Doctor Mercola says, you're actually better off skipping a meal than to eat a doughnut. Wait until you can get your hands on actual food before you eat if you have to.
The American Heart Association recommends the following amounts of added or sugar from processed foods per day.
9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men
6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women
6 teaspoons (25 grams) for toddlers and teens between the ages of 2 and 18
Zero added sugars for kids under the age of 2
A woman should only have 25 grams of sugar for an entire day. Just one small glazed doughnut puts you at 10 grams. Three doughnuts and a woman has gone over her daily limit. It just takes four doughnuts for a man. That's not a lot considering how much the average person eats in a day. One soda, for example, will put anyone over the limit.
Now maybe you're thinking whats the big deal, but if you have any desire whatsoever of being healthy or controlling your weight you have to realize that sugar spikes your insulin and that signals the body to store fat. You are literally programming your body to store fat and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Worse than that, it's now believed that sugar literally, feeds cancer. Haven't you wondered why cancer rates seem to be rising and rising as the population gets bigger and bigger?
Sugar interferes with absorption of minerals which can lead to a whole slew of problems.
Sugar becomes fat in the blood stream.
Sugar is addictive. Just try taking a doughnut or cake away from somebody and see if they don't bite your head off. You'd be better off taking a cigarette away from a smoker.
Sugar has even been linked to anti-social behavior and depression.
Sugar increases chances of getting a kidney stone and having gastrointestinal tract problems.
The list goes on and on with problems like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, Parkinson's disease, increased risk of gout and Alzheimer's disease, gum disease, high blood pressure, weaker eyesight, faster aging, liver disease, hormonal imbalances, and more.
The biggest issue that, I personally, had with sugar, besides weight gain, was inflammation. As a guy that likes to lift weights on a regular basis, sugar caused me a great deal of inflammation that was limiting me from how hard I could work out and keeping me from sleeping well at night, and that was in my early 30's.
Don't take doughnuts or any pastry for granted, Just because everyone at the office is eating doughnuts doesn't mean it's a great thing to do. Remember high school? How many times did most of us screw up following along with the crowd? If you've been struggling with weight gain or other health issues, try limiting your sugar content to below the recommended levels and just get your sugar from fruits and veggies. You'll likely be amazed at how the weight just seems to fall off assuming you're not just replacing doughnuts with pizza. If you find yourself sick a lot, you have nothing to lose by making healthy changes to your diet other than extra fat. It's the things we do every day of our lives that have the highest impact on our health. I've heard of people turning diabetes around by simply changing their diets.
Eat real food and stay away from breaded and processed fried foods if you want to be healthy and fit, Start slowly by eliminating high sugar foods and replace with something that grows out of the ground.
This video gives you a quick idea of what starts to happen when you get off sugar.
The next video is very informative in how to break the sugar addiction from Doctor Axe.
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