How Much Sugar is in Your Life?

Is it possible that a seemingly simple little ingredient called ‘sugar’ could be less than sweet in its effect on our bodies? The debate over the innocence vs. toxicity of sugar has gone on for years.

Let’s first of all define ‘sugar’ as both sucrose (beet and cane sugar, white or brown) and high-fructose corn syrup. In the 1980s sugar was becoming known as toxic and high fructose corn syrup was filling up our sodas and processed foods. Now the trend is reversing back to sugar and companies are marketing ‘no high fructose corn syrup’.

Marketing aside, the two sweeteners are effectively identical in their biological effects and damage to the bodies. Neither sweetener comes with any protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or fiber, so they either displace nutritious elements in our diet or they are eaten over and above nutrition – – – key reason for weight gain!

The average adult consumes nearly a half cup of sugar each day (22 teaspoons)! The average teen consumes over ¾ cup of sugar each day (34 teaspoons)! That is a lot of sugar!

Some research is showing that as little as one tablespoon of sugar can lower immune function. Clearly ½ – ¾ cup of sugar each day is not leading us to health or fitness. As the holidays bring even more sugar into our diet, is it any wonder that many people are sick in January?

What are your options? I’m finding I can make many of my favorite ‘treats’ without sugar. I’m using our Vi Shake mix to make muffins, cupcakes, “Reece’s peanut butter balls”, apple pie and more. These treats are sugar-free, high fiber, high protein and just taste delicious.

For other recipes, go to www.lifestyleforhealth.com/virecipes and scroll down to check out our favorite Vi recipes!

Here is a simple Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin — – try it and see how tasty it is. Then, let your imagination run wild and make a new flavor each day. Two muffins equal one shake and one meal. Easy nutrition during busy days!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

2 c. Vi Shake, dry mix

1 c. milk (almond or skim)

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 TBL melted coconut oil or olive oil

1-2 tsp lemon flavoring

1 TBL poppy seeds

Mix well. Pour into lined cupcake pan. (makes 10-12). Bake at 350 Degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until done. Delicious!!!

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