How Sugar Makes You Sick
I have good news and bad news. I'll give you the good news first. You can still enjoy sweetened beverages and your favorite desserts. As a matter of fact, I'm going to give you some excellent options on how to do that. The bad news is, if you're still consuming sugar, it's not only making your waistline bigger, it's making you sick.
One study done in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that oral 100-g portions of carbohydrates from glucose, sucrose, fructose, honey and orange juice all decreased the capacity of neutrophils to engulf bacteria. The most immediate effect was within 1-2 hours but lasted all the way to 5 hours.
The average American is consuming over 160 pounds of sugar per year, and it's not just from known sources of sugar. Products like deli meat, condiments, bread, grain and high glycemic fruits are loaded with sugar and/or immediately convert to sugar. This is why it's paramount to greatly limit or completely remove these sources of sugar.
Here are a couple pointers on how to limit or remove sugar and still get to enjoy the foods you love:
1) Use safe sweeteners like Stevia. Caution here... not all Stevia is created equally so use Sweet Leaf or Stevita brands.
2) Add more good fat from sources like avocados and raw nuts and seeds. Healthy fats keep you satiated longer.
3) Use coconut or almond flour for baking.