by G.S. Luthra
Pumped up and ready to get things done, I woke up on a Friday with energy after cranking out some clapping pushups and crab squats. After drinking a glass of pomegranate juice with some herbs and powdered chia seeds for protein, I went to take care of some errands and then went to the grocery to do some shopping as my fridge was looking empty. While there, I decided to grab a small box of cinnamon bars and a protein shake since I hadn’t eaten all day. Later, I went back into my car and ate a bar and took a sip of the drink but it tasted funny. To my displeasure, I discovered that it contained soy milk. I thought it was whey based, but I guess I wasn't careful enough because somehow this slipped. How ironic it was that I ended up with a soy beverage even after all that caution of scanning labels to avoid soy in everything else that I bought.
Since I didn’t have anything else and already opened it, I made myself gulp it down. It tasted like watered down skim milk and I felt terrible and annoyed with myself for consuming it, but then it got worse - the label said that it had a whopping 44 grams of sugar!
Holy cow, I exclaimed!
After analyzing a bit, I realized that I had already ingested nearly 100g of sugar without having to sit down for a regular meal and I hadn't even had dinner yet! The glass of pomegranate juice had around 30g, the two small cinnamon bars were 9g each, and then this super highly sugared drink had 44g. After ingesting, I noticed a slight sugar high and I felt bloated even though I hardly ate anything. This is how easy and available sugar is in the modern world. Not only do people enjoy the convenience of fast food, but also the consequences of fast sugar and it's literally killing off the population by making them fat, sick, and disease ridden.
Diabetes has risen to global epidemic levels. Millions of adult Americans are diabetic, and many more are pre-diabetic and don’t even know it. As frustrated as I was with myself, I was in a way thankful because this has really been like a revelation of just how dangerous the modern western diet really is, and now I will be taking even more proactive steps to safeguard myself.
Shopping these days is like taking a test. You have to exert more mental energy than you should have to just to avoid harmful substances such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, soy, corn starch, anything “modified”, and alike. Still, sometimes you're in a hurry and you accidentally make a mistake. The problem is most of the food in America is laced with so many chemicals that it has become difficult to find real food. Even the ones that say natural or "organic" can potentially contain pesticides and be genetically modified.
It’s a good idea to get your sugars exclusively from organic fruits and juicing. Naturally occurring sugar found in diary are fine just make sure it's organic and non-homogenized, ideally raw if consuming cheese. Exercising is one thing, but what you put into your mouth today determines your health for the future. It’s okay to indulge sometimes, but if a person today binged on ice cream, chocolate, or cake, he will get double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of sugar compared to his predecessors because the foods are made with more sugar, fructose, and other sugars that go by different names.
Being young, I've kind of been lenient over the years, but I've learned my lesson and have decided to cut it out from my diet and I suggest you do the same. If you need some sugar, go to the opposite sex and make some sweet love. Organic Dark chocolate once and while is fine too.
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