Although many people know that too much sugar in their diet is bad for them, they may not be aware of just how bad it is.
Let's begin by stating the obvious. Sugar contributes to rotting teeth. How does it do this? It creates an ideal environment for bacteria, as bacteria loves sugar. As the bacteria thrives, it produces acid that breaks down the enamel on teeth, which can cause decay. If you're the kind of person who isn't absolutely diligent about flossing and brushing your teeth, this could lead to major gum and health problems down the road that may require a lot of money and anguish to fix.
Too much sugar is also bad for your organs. Everything from your arteries, kidneys to your pancreas suffers when you ingest too much sugar, as they are trying desperately to process this ingredient that is basically empty calories with no nutritional value. What results is high cholesterol, heart problems and even diabetes down the road. Diabetes is an awful disease. Go look it up. Would you like to risk losing a foot just because you have a serious sweet tooth?
So how can you reduce the amount of sugar in your diet without giving up the sweetness that your taste buds desire?
Replace sugar with honey.
Honey tastes great, and in my opinion, even better than sugar. It also has amazing beneficial properties that are actually good for your body. Honey is filled with antioxidants, which is widely considered able to ward off the signs of aging. It also naturally has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the body by fighting infection and calming upset stomachs and ulcers!
It's also fun to eat! Honey, depending on the season and what kinds of flowers it is harvested from, comes in many different flavors and consistencies. You may prefer thick honey with more floral flavors, or thinner honey with a more fruity aroma. Or you may like them all, and you can experiment using different kinds of honey with different kinds of food. Put honey on top of toast, in your smoothies, and replace sugary sodas with honey dissolved in sparkling water.
I personally enjoy adding a large dollop of organic honey to my black coffee every morning. Yum.