2. Just say no to sugar
Sugar has absolutely no nutritional value and yet it is included in almost every food product available. It is not only found in the majority of store-bought products, but it is included in these in startlingly large amounts. The reason for this is simply taste. Companies pump their products with sugar and MSG to enhance the taste and therefore increase their consumer base. According to the American Heart Association, women should only consume a maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day while men can eat 9 teaspoons.
In 2008 the average American consumed 19 teaspoons of sugar a day. This is more than three times the recommended amount for women. Sugar has no nutritional value and yet it is loaded with calories. This makes it an empty calorie food, just like alcohol. Obviously, this makes sugar a major contributor to obesity which is a growing problem worldwide. This is not where the detrimental effects of sugar end.
White blood cells are a person’s immunity. Granted, there are other factors at play, but it is these cells which inevitably wind up fighting off infections and diseases. These cells require Vitamin C to function correctly and perform their vital role. This vitamin must compete with sugar for a spot in white blood cells. This means that an abundance of sugar in one’s blood does not only influence weight and increases the risk of diabetes, but it impairs white blood cells ability to fight off infections.
The solution to this is simple, cut out sugar. For starters, it may be sufficient to cut down on sugar intake, but the end goal should be to cut it out from one’s diet entirely. This means that product labels need to be read. Sugar is an additive in the most unlikely products and vigilance is necessary if one wants to avoid it.