Sugar - Loves Me or Loves Me Not
Disclaimer: Sugar’s scientific name should be DE*LI*CIOUS.
Since it isn’t, let’s get to some aspects of it that might be influencing our minds, relationships and life results more than we know.
“One Sugar Cube for You. One For Me.”
Sugar is a MACROnutrient known as carbohydrate. Carbohydrates come in simple forms such as sugars and in more complex forms such as fiber. Most foods naturally contain some sugars, but they are mostly concentrated in fruits, vegetables and grains.
Carbs, specifically complex carbs, do a wonderful job at feeding the brain and promoting a healthy cardiovascular system. No wonder most people get into a “brain fog” whenever they do a low-carb diet. Is too much sugar bad for you? Of course. But is all and any sugar bad? No.
With that in mind, here are some concerns in regards to today’s sugar consumption in the U.S. (other Industrialized countries aren’t too far behind though).
DON’T BE SUCH A SWEETIE
“Two Sugar Cubes For You. One, Two For Me.”
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance. That means an average of:
6 tsp (24 grams) for most American Women.
8 (32 grams) tsp for most American Men.
1 teaspoon of Sugar = 4 grams.
Now remember that we’re talking about added sugar, which is totally different than naturally occurring sugar that can be found in foods such as fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose). Added sugars are sweeteners and syrups put in foods during preparation or processing, or added at the table.
NOTE: This is NOT based on how many calories you currently consume per day. Calories aside, your liver still can only take and process so much sugar no matter your daily food consumption.
“Three Sugar Cubes For You. One, Two, Three For Me.”
Here are some quick facts on the sugar content of some foods commonly seen in the “healthy” spectrum. Notice how easily one can consume their daily recommended sugar intake without eating a single “junk food”, most times breakfast alone will get you more than half way there for the day.
Jamba Juice Mega Mango Smoothie: 28 ounces = 89 grams of sugar (and then you are done for 3 days!).
Mott’s Apple Sauce: 1 small serving cup = 22 grams of sugar (“Hi kids! Would you like some sugar in a cup?”)
Quaker Oatmeal to Go, brown sugar cinnamon: 19 grams of sugar (Eat leaves, for the rest of the day - good plan!)
Kellogg’s Smart Start Strong Heart Antioxidants cereal: 1 cup = 14 grams sugar (I’ll take 3 flakes please.)
Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce: ½ cup = 12 grams sugar (why, in heavens name, do we need sugar in spaghetti sauce?!)
Yoplait original 99% fat free lemon burst yogurt: 6 ounces, 31 grams sugar (Give me my fat back! How dare you?)
SWEET TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!
“Four Sugar Cubes For You. Thank You, None For Me.”
So, now what? You learned some basic sugary facts and what to aim for in order to obtain healthy blood-sugar levels. Is that going to be enough to end your love affair with sugar? For me it wasn’t.
Knowledge sometimes just got me feeling guilt and shame over habits that I felt were out of control since “I knew better”. This is what it took to get me started:
- A system that would be easy to follow and to implement into my full life.
- Tools to help me with the mindset I had developed surrounding my eating habits.
- Real people I could relate to. Support, accountability and growth through shared experiences.
I have just scratched the surface on what I want to arm you with. There is a lot more coming, indeed I have created a whole 28-Day Program to help those seeking to take their health to next level - be that you or not, I still want to recognize your desire to improve by facing the hard facts about the habits that are shaping your life (and waistline). The first step is awareness my friend.
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- Nany -