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A Highly-Addictive Drug is Hiding in Your Pantry

A Highly-Addictive Drug is Hiding in Your Pantry

The holidays are upon us which means only one thing: Sweets will soon be everywhere.  First is Halloween with candy, then Thanksgiving with its delicious pumpkin pie, and then all of the sweets that surround the winter holidays – no wonder everyone struggles to avoid gaining weight during these holidays.

And we know that too much sugar isn’t good for us.  But we don’t consider it especially bad when eaten in moderation. Many people may overlook the actual harm that sugar can cause to your body when eaten in large amounts too frequently.

According to MedicalDaily.com, a scientist in Amsterdam is determined to change the way people think about sugar.  Instead of an essential ingredient to a tasty treat, he considers it a highly addictive drug.

Other substances we eat, such as fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, will eventually make us full.  Eating sugar, on the other hand, only makes us want to eat more sugar.  And sugar is everywhere.  Not only is it in the pastry you ate for breakfast, but it also lurks in processed and fast foods.

So how does one avoid this sugar pitfall?

If you are concerned about sugar intake, start reading labels carefully.  You may be surprised by how much you actually consume.

And don’t be fooled. Sugar has many names, such as “high-fructose corn syrup”, “dextrin”, or “fruit juice concentrate”.  If you read one of those ingredients on the label, the food contains sugar.

By avoiding sugar’s tempting trap, you can reduce the risk of serious conditions such as diabetes and obesity.  That’s definitely worth considering when someone tempts you with a second slice of pie at Thanksgiving.

Freedom Home Care offers expert caregivers who devote themselves to helping seniors to maintain their independence and stay as healthy as possible. Visit our website to learn how we can help get you or your loved one back on track.

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