HEALTH NEWS

The latest health news and information right at your fingertips daily.

SUGAR, is it a Trick or Treat?

By Shannon Pierce

You hit the first house. You or your kids are dressed in their Halloween best. You grab a Tootsie Roll. So tiny, so innocent! Next house comes up, a Twizzler calls your name. Again, it’s “fun-sized!” By the end of the night you are looking at your trick or treat earnings and you decide to celebrate with just one more candy – a mini Snickers. It has peanuts in it after all. Well, unfortunately those three simple bites are enough to put you over the edge on your daily recommended intake of sugar – 25 grams for women and 38 for men.

 

There are lots of secrets about sugar the food industry does not want you to know, masking their ghoulish ways with labels like “fun-size” or “low-fat.”  The problem is, those words are just masking the fact that the product has increased sugar.

 

Here is what happens to our bodies after a night of nibbling on candy.

 

First the sugar is broken down into glucose and fructose. Next, your pancreas creates insulin that transports the glucose to your cells to be used as either energy or stored as fat.

 

When your body is on a sugar rush, your systems go into overdrive.  More insulin blocks leptin, a hormone that tells you when your full.  You know that food coma feeling? That is from your brain releasing serotonin and dopamine, which can make you feel drowsy and want to curl up on the couch for a few hours.

 

Consuming too much fructose can be even more dangerous as it goes directly to your liver, causing a build up of fat in your liver, and even causes fatty liver disease.

 

If you go through this cycle often by eating too much sugar, your body will eventually become immune to glucose and it won’t get flushed out of your blood. Welcome, pre-diabetes.  Not too mention fructose lowers the good kind of cholesterol, clogs your arteries, and more. 

 

So what are consumers to do when digging in that plastic pumpkin? Try a lollipop, a small Dum Dum, that takes longer to eat and is just 26 calories.  Do not grab candy corn by the handful! The Musketeer takes the cake on the “snack size” candy list, just 24 calories and less than a gram of fat. Smarties also take longer to eat because they are individually packaged. Want a healthy dose of heart benefits? Try a square of dark chocolate.


 Click on these hashtags to find similar articles.

#quot #false #lsdexception #locked #priority #unhidewhenused #semihidden #accent #medium #list 
Our Sponsors

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors

More Health News articles

What is Cannabidiol CBD, is it safe and does it work?

The latest craze in the marijuana industry is the extraction of cannabidiol from cannabis. Although marijuana might get a bad rap, people may be more open to this all-natural component and the health...

Item Icons  read full story (Health news)


7 tips for Healthy Skin

  We have all heard that to have healthy skin we must have a healthy diet. But what should we be eating to make our skin glow and look radiant and moisturized? How often should we exfoliate and...

Item Icons  read full story (Health news)


The Election Stress is REAL

•      No matter who you are voting for or which political party you are for, no matter if you are pro-Donald Trump or pro-Hillary Clinton, this may just be the most stressfu...

Item Icons  read full story (Health news)

Something About Health

An apple a day

The more weight you lose the harder it is to get off. You may have started your weight loss journey and found it was easy to hit a high calorie burn, but now that you only have five pounds to go- they're nearly impossible to lose. You can use some simple tips and tricks to shedding those last pesky pounds.

You may feel like you need to change up your diet or feel yourself slipping into old habits now that you're closer to your goal.

Learn more
Get in Shape Now

An apple a day

Losing weight can be tough, but when it's time to maintain finding that balance requires a learning curve all over again. Here we offer three easy tips to keep your body healthy. It's important to remember it takes an average of 21-30 days for your brain and body to learn new habits. Stick with it and you feel, look and be healthier.

Learn more
Our Sponsors
Our Sponsors

Health Search

Have Health questions? Need Answers? Use our NEW search feature to find all of the articles on HealthConducive.com that could help you. Simply enter a keyword and click search to give it a try!

Our Sponsors

Latest Photos

Take a closer look: browse our photos for a whole new way of looking at health-related information.

health photo
health photo
health photo
health photo
health photo
health photo

Item Icons  view more health photos

Latest Videos

Watch & learn: our exclusive videos will give you insider access to the latest medical news, information on prescription drugs, tips on healthy living and much more.