As a society, do we have a sugar addiction? Have you noticed lately how sweetened soft drinks, iced tea, bottled salad dressings, and lots of other foods have become even sweeter?
Canned spaghetti sauce, bottled iced tea, soft drinks, canned and packaged fruit, cake and muffin mixes, prepared muffins, instant oatmeal, and most cereals - they’re all loaded with added sugar! Visit WebMD for a list of foods that are surprisingly high in sugar.
Most people eat an average of 19 teaspoons of sugar per day. That equals 285 calories. Way too much, according to experts.
But, what's driving our sugar consumption? Do we have a sugar addiction? If so, how can we curb our addiction? Watch this video by Dr. Axe:
Dr. Axe recommends the following 4 steps for overcoming your sugar addiction:
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Have our taste buds become desensitized to the point of causing us to crave more intense flavors?
I picked up a book in the library last week entitled, The Dorito Effect. After reading the book’s back cover, I realized what it said was so true! We EXPECT a burst of flavor; saltier, spicier, sweeter! We’ve gotten bored with the taste - the blandness - of real food.
So, it’s no wonder why more and more salt and sugar is being added to the foods we buy. Food manufacturers are competing for market share against fierce competition. In doing so, they’re adding flavor enhancers in unconscionable amounts.
The result? We’ll focus on added salt later, but for now, let’s focus on sugar, asserted by some experts as:
THE GREATEST HEALTH CRISIS OF THIS GENERATION!
Sugar is really just empty calories; same as white rice, white bread, and pasta. Right?
Yes, but because of the way it's metabolized (and because of the quantities we're consuming), there are consequences!
There are actually health dangers lurking in sugar. 'Sugar' comes in many forms and is know by many names:
It's ALL SUGAR! And, in excess, it is ALL dangerous.
In the past 30 years, the increase in sugar consumption has closely correlated with the rise in...
Visit the American Heart Association for more information.
today reading NUTRITION FACTS labels.
4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon
1 gram of sugar = 4 calories
The American Heart Association recommends
Women: No more than 5 teaspoons = 20 grams = 80 calories
Men: No more than 9 teaspoons = 36 grams = 144 calories
When reading labels, note the following:
The grams of sugar listed on the nutrition information label includes natural sugars from fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose) as well as added sweeteners like refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. And that’s why the grams of sugar per serving of certain foods, such as cereal with raisins or other dried fruit, seem unexpectedly high.
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