We’re in the holiday season. It’s that special time of year when weight gain is most prevalent, and we encounter lots of sugar-laden goodies … cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, candy and the like. In addition to being diligent about your overall intake and eating habits, it’s important to pay close attention to the amount of sugar you consume this time of year.
We noted last week that sugar-loaded products include a lot of empty calories. They have no nutritional value of any consequence and often lead to weight gain. Additionally, diets that are heavy in sugar can be precursors to chronic conditions such as low-grade inflammation, heart disease, cancer and allergies.
In addition to eating sweets, consumption of soft drinks causes problems as well. Countless studies point to an undeniable link between high sugar consumption, and increased likelihood of weight gain and diabetes. As one example, a study of nearly 40,000 people found that consumption of just one sugary drink per day increased the likelihood of Type 2 Diabetes by 18%.
This Healthline article includes detailed information about the dangers of sugar, as well as steps you can take to reduce inflammation and other conditions that are caused by consuming too much processed foods and products with added sugars. So remember, if plenty of holiday parties and lots of family gatherings are on calendar, enjoy those holiday treats, but do so in moderation!