Today’s Recipe for Weight Gain:
Do you crave sweets? If so, you are most likely addicted to the processed added sugars that are used to mimic and promote sweetness, such as fructose, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, corn syrup, maltodextrin, etc. Unfortunately, these sugars are added to so many packaged and processed foods and drinks made and sold in America — even in some baby foods and formulas.
Today when we look at labels, it can be so confusing because manufacturers now have hidden “sugar” by using many different names. (I’ve included a list in this post of names for sugar you can be aware of when shopping.)
Our brains don’t recognize chemical sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and it is said that it can be up to 8 times as addictive as cocaine or heroin.
Our bodies also weren’t designed to digest processed substances and when we do so, we are promoting inflammation, wreaking havoc on our metabolism, opening the door to chronic illnesses, and leading to weight gain.
For instance, over time, consuming added sugars can cause high cholesterol and triglycerides, insulin resistance, and fat buildup in the liver and abdomen. Added sugars are also said to be one of the leading causes of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, reproductive disorders, and even some cancers.
It’s amazing how our taste buds come back alive when we cut out harmful added sugars from our diets. We can also think more clearly when not bogging our brain down with added sugars and our digestive tract reacts positively as well.
If I use sweetener in a recipe, it is small amounts of raw local honey, organic dates, or pure maple syrup. A little organic raw stevia leaf is also fine, but I personally don’t enjoy the taste. Other healthy alternatives I’ve used to sweeten some recipes are organic applesauce or bananas.
Let’s be aware of what we are feeding ourselves and our kids. Everything we put into our body DOES matter!
Are you ready for change? Work with me!