It’s not surprising that the economy is wreaking havoc on Americans’ health. Nearly 30 percent of Americans are losing sleep because of it. And – according to the findings of a landmark Gallup poll – Americans’ stress levels soared in 2008 and continue to rise in 2009.
But one recession-related health risk isn’t so obvious…
More and more Americans are turning to a tried-and-true stress reliever for comfort: Candy.
Auto manufacturers and insurance companies may be struggling. But candy companies are thriving. Cadbury’s profits rose 30 percent in 2008. Nestle’s increased by nearly 11 percent. And Hershey’s profits surged by 8.5 percent in the last quarter of 2008.
Sure, indulging in sugary foods may make you feel better temporarily. But in the long run, it’s going to ruin your health.
According to organic chemist and nutrition expert Shane Ellison, “If left unchecked, an addiction to sweets spikes blood sugar and the fat-storing hormone insulin, disrupts satiety (causing you to overeat), and gives rise to age-accelerating molecules known as AGEs (advanced glycation end products). AGEs are responsible for causing wrinkles and age-related blindness, as well as premature heart attacks and stroke.”
Eventually, too much sugar can result in horrifying health problems, including insulin resistance, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
If you’re turning to sweets to feel better, Shane recommends that you try confections made with safe sweeteners like erythritol, stevia, agave, xylitol, and luo han guo. They are all healthy and practically indistinguishable from sugar. Or stick to dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants and has a host of other health benefits.
Shane Ellison (www.thepeopleschemist.com) is an author, organic chemist, an internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition, and the founder of The AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery package. Click here to learn more.