I'm not so sure that its fare to say "sugar" is "evil", I think moderation, self-control, is key, as it is in most things. For example, (altho I do not consume alcohol of any kind) there are studies that suggest a little wine has some benefits for the heart, the approx alcohol in a single beer has been suggested to be beneficial to flush out the kidneys, this however does not mean drink 5 glasses of wine a day for a healthy heart, nor does it mean drink 3 beers a day, one for each meal & you'll have the best kidney health of anyone.
I have that sweet tooth but I THINK about my choices before making them, I dont eat half a cake in a sitting, 5 KK doughnuts or 10 cookies. One to two small home baked cookies after a meal, maybe 1-2 times in a day maybe 2-3 days in a given week, I've not seen evidence that this is detrimental to my health. Sometimes I eat a diff sweet on a given day, I find myself wanting more sweets but I control the urge to grab 'em up, I simply have a piece of fruit or drink water, or simply say "no". Thanks be to God, I have no signs or medical condition/diagnosis associated w\ Diabetes. Infact all of my test results are very positive.
In times passed, I've baked pies, cakes, cookies for which I've consumed all of it myself, not all at once, just over time in small amounts. No one can really say, "this will or wont happen to me tomorrow or in 5, 10 yrs", I am Thankful however that my health overall is very good, I drink more water, try to make that time to exercise & monitor my food intake. So far, my efforts have awarded me a total loss of 60+/- lbs, I still have somore to go, I can now jog, sprint run, I have more muscle than I've ever had, it makes a real difference. I know cutting BACK on sugars, as well as everything else considered "not so good" (especially for losing weight) (remember moderation), keeping the body moving, drinking more water, all contribute to a healthier body, w\ out having to totally yank out that sweet tooth, in my personal opinion and experience, Thanks for allowing me to share it!
- 7/19/2008 8:42:16 AM