Why should I consume fewer sweets?

JJ Virgin
Health Education
Studies continue to show eating a high-sugar-impact diet contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. To use one of numerous examples about why sugar is detrimental, a Harvard study found sugar increases your risk of dying from heart disease.
Most sweets have a lot of flavor and a lot of calories but little nutritional value. That’s why they’re often called “empty calories.” For a healthy weight and longer-lasting energy, keep sugar and sweets to a minimum.

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Starches, sugars and fiber are the carbohydrates in food. Carbohydrates are a molecule that plants make during photosynthesis, combining carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are very important in your body's metabolism because they a...

re generally the part of food that is digested most quickly. Carbohydrates can give you quick energy, and cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Diabetics, in particular, need to pay attention to the carbohydrates they eat to help manage their blood sugar. Some carbohydrates, those found in whole grains and leafy vegetables, for example have a much slower impact on blood sugar than carbohydrates in fruits or candy. It's easy to consume a lot of carbohydrates, as foods like breads, pasta, cake, cookies and potatoes are loaded with them. Nutrition experts suggest that you should only get 45 to 65 percent of your daily nutrition from carbohydrates.

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