Stick to single ingredient whole foods as much as possible.
6. Added Sugar
Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are often referred to as ’empty calories’.
However the harmful effects of sugar go way beyond that.
Sugar is high in fructose and excess fructose intake has been linked to many serious conditions – including obesity – type 2 diabetes – metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease (62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67).
Excess sugar is also linked to breast and colon cancer.
One observational study of more than 35,000 women found that those with the highest sugar intakes had double the risk of developing colon cancer as those who consumed diets lower in sugar (70).
While small amounts of sugar are harmless for most people – some individuals are unable to stop after a small amount.
In fact – they may be driven to consume sugar in the same way that addicts are compelled to drink alcohol or take drugs.
Bottom Line: A high intake of added sugars may increase the risk of several diseases including obesity – heart disease – type 2 diabetes and cancer.