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Sugar is taking over the spotlight as one of the most unhealthy foods in diets today. Today, the over-consumption of sugar is the number one cause of weight gain and obesity. In a recent report, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee quoted sugar as one of our crucial health concerns and recommended that sugar make up 10 percent or less of our daily calorie intake. The American Heart Association recommends that not more than half of your daily calories come from added sugars (about 6 teaspoons or 100 calories for women, and 9 teaspoons or 150 calories for men). But we’re eating way more sugary sweet stuff than this. In its natural state, sugar is relatively less harmful, even the necessary carbohydrate that our body needs to function. Natural sugar is found in fruits, vegetables, and dairy in the form of fructose or lactose. The problem is when sugar is added…

If you have not stopped using artificial sweeteners, please do so immediately! Artificial sweeteners, or non-nutritive sweeteners as they are sometimes referred to, have been debatable since they were first introduced to the market, and scientific research shows they are associated with many dangerous side effects. Introduced to satisfy consumer’s sweet tooth, these artificial sweeteners with no calories seemed, at the time, like good options to refined sugars and natural sweeteners. However, the side effects simply are not worth it. These fake sweeteners cause symptoms that range from migraines and headaches to weight gain and even more serious conditions like heart disease. What many people don’t understand is that artificial sweeteners also can cause a dangerous addiction — a dependency on overly sweet foods. They reinforce the taste buds to need more and more, sweeter and sweeter foods. This leads to even greater chances of obesity, kidney damage, type 2…