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When it comes to improving these two: health – fitness, nutrition plays a crucial role. Health and fitness has a lot to do with losing weight. Well, the latest studies have affirmed that cutting down on natural and added sugars can help lose weight. Today I am gonna talk about some little known facts about sugar, and how sugar overload affects our health.

With holiday season right around the corner you hardly ever bother what you are eating. You grab that pumpkin spice latte, indulge in some pecan pie or bake batches of cookies. You just gorge on everything that catches your fancy, right? How much attention do you pay to the amount of sugar you’re eating? ZERO!

It may surprise you but asides from sugar-laden desserts there are an array of foods which you need to cut back on. As per experts the entire range of sugar, whether they’re natural or added, can affect our waistlines and our health.

Non-nutritive vs. nutritive sweeteners

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Regardless of the fact that they’re natural and are often advertised as healthy alternatives to table sugar, non-nutritive sugars like honey and agave have no nutritional value – they pack just calories.

Fructose and lactose are nutritive sugars, and rightly fall under the nutritive sweeteners category. They are in fact natural and have calories, however, they also have some nutritional benefit. For example, fruit contains fructose and vitamin C – milk contains lactose as well as has loads of protein and calcium.

”If the sweetener comes with vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need for healthy growth, those we really don’t have to worry so much about, ” said Libby Mills, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Sugar overload

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As per estimates of USDA on an average an American consumes 76.7 pounds of sugar each year. A report by ANS, states that the average adult in the U.S. consumes 14.6 percent of their calories from added sugars alone. And now a recent report in the journal Obesity Society pointed out that the amount of added sugars we’re eating has escalated by about 30 percent since the last three decades.

Experts opine, that in whatever form it is natural, nutritive, or added, we’re just plain eating too much. ”The biggest problem with sugar is that we’re eating less table sugar than ever, but we’re eating more sugar overall,” said JJ Virgin, celebrity nutritionist and author of “The Sugar Impact Diet.”

How sugar affects health

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A lot of people are nowadays embracing low sugar diets, still nearly 35 percent of adults are obese, and sugar is partly to blame. A high sugar diet, say experts, can bring on multiple health issues like prediabetes, diabetes, osteoarthritis, stroke and heart disease. As per a study published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine people who have diets high in sugar are more likely to die from heart disease even if they’re not overweight.

Sugar brings on inflammation, which in fact is also your body’s way of healing an injury, such as a cut or a cold. But when this inflammation turns chronic, due to poor diet, lack of exercise and environmental factors it triggers big health problems.

Inflammation, say experts, can cause cancer, cardiovascular disease and aging. A high-sugar diet can induce insulin resistance, and in turn drive development of cancer.