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For this fall’s WTF Challenge, we have ranked foods in order of those you should eliminate. The first on our list SUGAR!
In short, sugar is the devil and is more addictive than cocaine. Many people have said to me, “I’m already Paleo, I’m not sure I really need to do this challenge.” And I reply, “So you don’t eat any sugar?” And they reply, “Well, yea, except for that.” GOTCHA. If you are still eating sugar – including the occasional ice cream, chocolate, cookies, gluten-free cake – do not fool yourself, you are NOT Paleo. Your efforts to not eat dairy or to avoid gluten are out of whack and worthless in the longterm if you are still a sugar-craving-monster.
What is sugar?
Wikipedia defines sugar as: an informal term for a class of edible crystalline carbohydrates, mainly sucrose, lactose, and fructose characterized by a sweet flavor.
Why no sugar?
Sugar depresses the immune system which opens the door to a host of diseases. It does this by disrupting your insulin response which leads to a well-known condition called silent inflammation.
What is inflammation?
When a foreign object invades the body, or the body performs a heavy lift (for example), the immune system releases hormones to either fight the infection or alleviate the stress of the event. Afterward, the body returns to its hormonally balanced state. This is a normal process but the addition of large quantities of sugar (and carbohydrates) to a person’s diet causes this hormonal response to get out of balance. An excess of pro-inflammation hormones create a state of hyperinsulinemia, an ongoing state of inflammation. Inflammation is now also used to describe a type of nonspecific immune response. Hyperinsulinemia leads to a host of diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and Alzheimers (aka Type III diabetes).
What are the obvious sources of sugar?
Anything with a label that has sugar, cane sugar, organic cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, etc. Examples include whipped cream, ice cream, ClifBars, sugar packets, lemonade, chocolate bars, honey, soda of any kind, and Gatorade
What are the hidden sources of sugar?
Latte flavoring, some bacons and sausages, deli meat (especially ham), white bread, fruit juices, yogurt, beef jerky, dried fruits (most have added sugar), granola, and salad dressings
And these count as sugars too:
Agave nectar, honey, maple syrup
And don’t discount fake sugars which have been proven to cause a similar, if not worse insulin response than real sugar:
Diet soda, gum, yogurt, Azriona Green Tea, Maxalt Miraine medicine, sour cream, and nut butters
Challenge rules for Number 1: Eliminate all Sugar (this does not include real fruit). This includes but is certainly not limited to:
– Cane sugar/organic cane sugar
– Evaporated cane juice
– Whipped cream
– Corn syrup
– Ice cream
– ClifBars and any other type of energy bar (except LaraBars)
– Sugar packets
– Chocolate bars
– Honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, molasses
– Soda of any kind (real or diet)
– Latte flavoring
– Some bacons and sausages
– Deli meat (especially ham)
– Fruit juices
– Beef jerky
– Dried fruits (most have added sugar)
– Salad dressings
– Sauces and marinades
We know there are sugar sources we have not mentioned above. Post to comments if you think of others!