The Dangers of Refined CarbsHealthy Living
Most people realize that excessive sugar in the diet is disastrous to health over the long term. This would include sugar in all its forms. Even natural sugars, such as maple syrup and raw honey, cause health challenges if consumed to excess. Sugar overconsumption leads to ups and downs in insulin levels which eventually cause chronic blood sugar problems either in the form of hypoglycemia or diabetes. High fructose corn syrup or any unnatural form of fructose (like agave nectar) is even worse than sugar as it elevates triglyceride levels in the blood and also leads to insulin resistance. A good rule of thumb is to indulge in a (preferably) homemade treat sweetened with natural sugars approximately two to three times a week. A daily sweet indulgence is too frequent for vibrant health.
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