Sugar is Not Your Friend. Here's Why:

It’s the heyday of all of things keto. This is because when it comes to sugar, most of us are eating way more of it than we should be. In fact, worldwide we are consuming about 500 calories a day from sugar. Just think, that’s what you would need to consume if you wanted to gain a pound a week! Research about the detrimental impact of sugar on our wellbeing has us on high alert – and with good reason.

Here are some facts to consider which may inspire you to reduce your sugar intake:

·         Damages your skin and accelerates aging. It can harm the already existing collagen and elastin proteins that keep your skin supple and strong, producing wrinkles and sagging.

·         Prevents Vitamin C Absorption. Sugar and Vitamin C battle to get into white blood cells. If there is too much sugar in the blood stream, Vitamin C cannot get in, and the immune system cannot perform its jobs, leaving the immune system vulnerable.

·         Drains the body of nutrients. Since sugar itself has no nutrients, vitamins or minerals, to be metabolized by the body, the body has to use up its own reserves, which in turn halts fatty acid and cholesterol absorption. High cholesterol levels, serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes are a few things that can result over time if no dietary change is made.

·         Increases your risk of autoimmune and degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. By inhibiting natural functions and processes, it allows all sorts of havoc to run rampant in the body.

·         Raises triglyceride levels and bad cholesterol. The higher the sugar consumption, the higher the triglyceride and bad cholesterol levels. In addition, good cholesterol levels drop drastically and the risk of heart disease rises.

·         Triggers the brain the same way morphine does. Sugar meets all the criteria of a drug, and it's in nearly every processed, packaged, and fast food and beverage on the market. Sugar addictions are very real and very widespread. Once consumed, sugar sparks a desire for more, and the more eaten, the greater the craving.  

·         Feeds Cancer. Cancer uses sugar as its prime energy and food source. Sugar consumption has been linked to breast, prostate, rectal, pancreatic, lung, gallbladder, and stomach cancers, and the list is growing.

Ultimately balance and moderation are key. Limit consumption of sweets like cakes and cookies which are overly processed. Soft drinks and juices are notoriously loaded with excess sugars and empty calories - and should be eliminated altogether, in favor of water and nutrient-rich alternative beverages. I am happy to report that LYNQ fruit and veggie blends tout 3g of naturally occuring sugar or less. That means they're keto-friendly. How's that for a guilt-free treat? 

Sugar is not your friend. Think twice before you consume too much of it.