Sugar Ruins Your Health – Sugar Free Dressing
I came across this article titled “25 Reasons That Sugar Ruins Your Health” which included a listing of some of the health issues caused by ingesting too much sugar mostly from pre-packaged foods we use on a daily basis. There were many health issues on the list that I never would have thought to give the ‘honor’ to sugar.
It’s in pancake mix, packaged bread crumbs (plain or seasoned), refrigerator dough (biscuits, etc.), — who would have thought? These are items most of us use on a regular basis — and let’s not forget about the packaged cookies, breakfast cereals, candy, and other sweet foods we eat every day.
My intention is to only raise awareness that sugar may have an affect on our health. Some never realize it until they get an unhealthy report card. It is then that they realize it’s time to change the grade to get back on the honor roll – not the jelly roll.
I gave serious thought about whether to include the list – I drafted this post many times, adding the list and deleting it. My final decision was to NOT add the list but just mention a few very common health issues that might be attributed to a diet high in sugar.
- Sugar adds calories and makes us FAT (sorry about the caps!)
- makes us sluggish
- can cause us to retain water
- increases levels of cholesterol
- can cause headaches
- and it’s addicting – have you ever noticed the more sugar you eat the more sugar you crave
These common issues are some that we all may have experienced at some point in our lives.
If we are not feeling well the one thing we can do is make a food diet check-list to see if we are eating way more sugar than we should. Then just eliminate some of those ‘sugary’ foods that can be swapped out for something with less sugar.
If you can do that just a few days a week you might notice how much better you will be feeling. It could be the beginning of a healthy new way to begin each week!
I made this simple fruit salad while I was writing this post, it was getting close to lunch time. I added strawberries and oranges to the fresh spinach and cucumbers. The natural sweetness of the fruit is one way to eliminate sugar yet still satisfy the palate. Just a word of caution, bottled salad dressing has sugar in it, so make it homemade whenever you can.
Here is a salad dressing using the sweetness from fresh fruit.
- juice from 1 orange
- 1 TBLS. balsamic vinegar
- 1 TBLS. olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and taste for additional seasoning if needed.
- Pour over the salad and gently toss to coat the spinach.