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.
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She is a summa cum laude graduate in Economics from Furman University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the author of three books: the bestseller Get Your Fats Straight, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families, and Living Green in an Artificial World.
Her mission is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year in 2010 at the International Wise Traditions Conference, subsequently serving on the Board of Directors of the nutrition nonprofit the Weston A. Price Foundation for seven years.
Her work has been covered by major media including USA Today, ABC, NBC, and many others.