In case you were unaware, Coca-Cola owns Vitamin Water. And they are getting sued for misleading advertisements in regards to Vitamin Water. Many people, incorrectly, believe that Vitamin Water is a healthy, sports drink. I have heard people say that they just thought it was water with a splash of juice and lots of vitamins…well, they are wrong.
- You don't need it! Our bodies need carbohydrates, but they do not need refined sugars. Our bodies are better off breaking down natural sugars, found in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains or naturally-occuring sugar found in fruit.
- When you ingest too much sugar, your body reacts by pumping out a lot of insulin to counteract it. Over time, if your body needs to continuously pump out excessive amounts of insulin, it begins to lose it's ability to make insulin, thus leading to either Type II Diabetes or Insulin Resistance.
- Taking in excessive amounts of sugar makes you tired. You get a quick "high" from the sugar, then a "sugar crash" which can make you tired and unenergetic.
- When you experience the low, your body then craves more sugar to wake it back up, thus causing sugar cravings. You get stuck in a cycle of craving sugar and then feeling tired.
- When getting stuck in this cycle, you may have a tendency to crave sugary foods rather than nutritious foods, thus filling up on empty calories.
- Also getting stuck in this cycle (or simply taking in too much sugar) will cause you to gain weight as the excess sugar will get stored as fat. And beleive it or not, sugar is much more easily stored as fat, then fat!
How to compute how much sugar you are taking in:
- 4 grams of sugar equals a teaspoon of sugar. So when you look at a label, keep this mind. If an item states 28 grams of sugar, that is the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sugar.