Let’s talk about sugar! Sugar is in everything it seems. Just try to go one day without eating any sugar and you’ll find that it’s really hard to escape. The food industry has gone as far as relabeling sugar with fancy names like Sucralose, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, cane crystals, fructose sweetener, crystal dextrose and 49 other names that can hide in that ingredient list.
The truth is refined white sugar is statistically more addictive then certain illegal drugs.
Companies add sugar to keep you coming back for their products. But like illegal drugs, there are detrimental health effects that overconsumption of sugar can lead to such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, depression, acne, headaches, hardening of the arteries, fatigue, hyperactivity, inflammation of the joints and dental issues. I decided to greatly reduce the amount of refined sugar that I allow in my diet and I have seen an impressive increase in my energy level, reduced inflammation in my joints and an overall better sense of what I am eating.
When I have too much sugar during the day I notice increased inflammation in my joints and an overall sense that I am dragging or not operating at 100%. We have to be careful of what we choose to put in our bodies.
There are foods that are labeled as ‘healthy’ but when you look closer they are packed full of sugar.
If you read the nutritional value of a smoothie, check out the sugar content. Not only do they have natural sugars from the fruit, but smoothie shops will add in more sugar to sweeten them further. One local store that we have has upwards of 117grams of sugar in one smoothie! The average American consumes 153 grams of sugar a day! That’s an excessive amount when the FDA recommended amount is 37.5 grams (or 9 teaspoons) for men and 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) for women per day.
The Takeway: Challenge yourself to eat just the FDA recommended amount of sugar for one day. Read labels and find out how much sugar you are consuming.
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