Sugar: The Silent Killer
Sugar is one of those things that we all tend to love. It can give us intense feeling of pleasure; therefore, craving it is only natural. That being said, the pleasure is very short lived and over time, our body needs more and more of it to get the same high. Subsequently, this is why when we are young, we can be happy with a small treat but as we get older, we have a harder and harder time keeping the sweet treats small.
Now if you are one of the people that don’t believe you have an issue with sugar because you crave salty more than sweet, you may be surprised to learn how much added sugar you are really eating. The food industry has done a great job making food crave-worthy. To this end, they do intensive research to determine exactly how much fat, sugar and salt should be added to food to make you unable to stop eating it and to make you crave it, buying it over and over again against your better judgment. In addition, they have also come up with crafty ways to market the product to make you think you are eating something healthier. If you are interested in this topic, Michael Moss wrote a fantastic book titled, “Salt Sugar Fat”. I highly recommend you give it a read.
The average American consuming in excess of 22 teaspoons (approximately 92 grams) of sugar every day. That being said, the goal of this article is to help you become more aware of the obvious and hidden added sugars in food and begin to reduce them. It is recommended by the American Heart Association that adult females get no more than six teaspoons (approximately 25 grams) of added sugar daily and men get no more than nine teaspoons (approximately 38 grams) per day. This is not including those sugars naturally occurring in healthy carbohydrate rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Those types are bound with fiber and other nutrients that are essential for your health. We are talking about sweeteners that have been added to enhance the food in some way, usually for flavor.
Becoming more aware of where you are getting your sugar from will help you to reduce it. In addition, using the following lists and reading labels, work to reduce the amount of added sugar you consume and keep working at it to get below the American Heart Associations recommendations. This will help you reduce your risk of many diseases such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, cancer, inflammatory diseases, and mood disorders, allowing you to live a higher quality, more enjoyable life!
Obvious Sugar Laden Foods (significantly reduce or eliminate)
Not So Obvious Sugar Laden Foods (significantly reduce or eliminate)
Instant Oatmeal Packets
Eat This Not That
This list could be endless. The goal of it is to get you thinking and help you to make better choices. Reach out if you need a little help with something you are unsure of how to improve upon.