The Sugar Free Debate
Eating too much added sugar can have many harmful health effects. An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an amplified risk of heart disease. The main risk that stems from too much sugar is type 2 diabetes. There are many reasons why you could go sugar free and one of these is that it may perhaps save your life.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make. There are 2 types of diabetes and the main one concerned with an unhealthy diet of too much sugar, is type 2. Type 2 is the condition which your body can’t control the amount of glucose in glucose in your blood stream. Your body doesn’t respond to insulin correctly and you may not produce enough which causes your blood glucose level to become too high which is when it becomes very dangerous to your health. In the UK it is estimated that just over 4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. This is 7% of the UK’s population. This figure is rapidly rising as it is becoming far cheaper to eat unhealthily and to do less exercise. This ultimately puts into perspective the importance of cutting out on the unhealthy foods that consist of high sugars and making sure that you exercise well. Diabetes is also rising because less people are cooking their own healthy meals at home and more are eating out. Especially at fast food restaurants. The NHS reports that one out of six 16-20-year olds have said that they eat fast food at least twice a day. Diabetes however is not the only problem; NHS Public Health Report findings - In 2014, 58% of women and 65% of men were overweight or obese. In addition, Mintel reports that since 1996, the number of UK diabetics has more than doubled from 1.4m to 2.9m and is estimated to rise to 4m by 2025. Confectionary is where the largest intake of sugar comes from and how consuming lots of it puts us under a massive risk of type two diabetes. Here at free’ist, we offer the delicious confectionery without the risk of a high sugar intake, proving us to be an extremely adequate replacement without losing the taste. Sugars are not only high in our confectionery but also in carbohydrates and lots of people don’t this. Meals such as pasta consist of very high sugars and can be just as unhealthy and constant meals like this, along with a lack of a balanced diet, can lead to problems such as diabetes.
So why is eating sugar free so important? Sugar takes away nutrients from the body needs for its metabolism, so nutrient deficiencies and immune deficiencies are all somewhat prevented and damaged by high sugar consumption. By repeatedly eating sugar, we deplete our nutrient stores. These nutrient stores are needed to help the body deal with inflammation. Therefore, sugar itself is a food that takes more from the body than it adds. While using up nutrients it contributes none that are of use. This perhaps summarises how eating sugar free can make such a difference to our lives and improve our health drastically. Sugar also has a massive effect on your dental health and eating sugar free can really help improve this. Sugar encourages the growth of bacteria that is responsible for causing cavities and damaging your teeth leading them to look black and eventually the possibility of them having to be removed. Research has also indicated that sugar can contribute to memory loss and an inability to concentrate. It has been shown to contribute to nervousness and negative thoughts. This has a negative view on mental health and again shows the difference that going sugar free can have.
What do we, Free’ist, offer to help? We have a wide range of scrumptious products that are all sugar free. We sell large (75g) and small (30g) chocolate bars that have a range of flavours including white chocolate and raspberry and dark chocolate and mint. We sell different types of cookies, tea biscuits and popcorn of sweet, salted and caramel. Our sweets range involves gummy worms, cola bottles and gummy bears. All these delicious products are completely sugar and gluten free so that you can enjoy the goodies, without putting your health at risk.