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Processed Foods Can Affect These Areas in Your Body

Every once in a while we find ourselves craving for processed foods. It’s just hard not to! It has been established that processed foods cause us to overeat and experience uncontrollable cravings. But like what we’ve said before: processed foods are bad! They are mostly chemicals with almost zero nutritional value. So what specific areas in your body do processed foods affect? Here are some of them:  Skin. Processed foods cause wrinkles! The high amounts of sugar in processed foods can lead to the degradation of collagen and elastin in your skin, leading to loss of elasticity and firmness and premature sagging and wrinkles. Also, sugar can cause inflammation in the body which can aggravate acne and rosacea. Brain. You...

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Sugar Found in Processed Food “Could Trigger” Dementia

A new study is giving us another reason to kick processed foods to the curb. According to a recently conducted research, a sugar common in processed food could alter hundreds of brain genes, which could lead to a wide range of diseases including dementia. This specific sugar is fructose. The study has found that fructose, a sugar common in the Western diet, could actually damage genes in the brain. People usually consume fructose from foods sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup and from sweetened drinks, syrups, honey, and desserts. Fructose can also be found in baby food and in fruits. However, the fiber in fruits actually slows down the body’s absorption of the sugar; plus, fruits contain other healthy components that...

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Simple Tips to Cut Sugar Out of Your Life

Here at You Are Loved Foods, we’ve told you many times that sugar is bad. It is bad for your teeth, your skin, and your overall health. I guess what we’re really trying to get at is this: cut back on your sugar consumption, please. But how? Why don’t you start by following these tips! Avoid processed foods. Sugar thrives in processed foods! Practically everything that you buy that comes in a box, bag, or can has added sugars. So cutting back on processed foods is probably the best step you can take to cut sugar out of your life.  When it comes to fruits, choose whole and fresh. While juice, fruit roll-ups, and dehydrated fruit taste great, no one...

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Tips to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes rates continue to rise. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released shocking statistics on diabetes. According to the report, around 29 million Americans suffer from this disease. That’s about 12 percent higher than the 26 million diabetics recorded in 2010. What’s more, one-fourth of people are not aware that they have diabetes. And around 86 million adults suffer from prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar just below the threshold for diabetes. The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, characterized by insulin resistance wherein the cells fail to respond to insulin. The good news is type 2 diabetes is highly preventable, and most of the time, it is never too late to...

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New Dietary Guidelines Remind Us That Sugar Is Bad

The new Dietary Guidelines have several changes. One is about the dietary cholesterol limit. Instead of setting a strict limit, the new guidelines state: “Individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible […. Since] foods that are higher in dietary cholesterol, such as fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, are also higher in saturated fats.” Another change (and one that we couldn’t agree more on) is on sugar. The latest Dietary Guidelines tell us one thing: eat less sugar… Yes, lesser than what we are regularly consuming. In fact, the new guidelines recommend we limit our sugar intake to less then 10% of our daily calories, that’s about 12 teaspoons on a 2000-calorie diet. Take note that this is...

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