Eating high amounts of sugar is not good for your health! It has been linked to many diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer and more.
Unfortunately, our current food culture makes it difficult not to consume it! We believe knowledge is power, therefore, the biggest step you can take for your health is to begin to pay attention!
Here are a list of foods and drinks that contain way more sugar than you think! Even items that are notorious for being “healthy” are simply not due to high amounts of sugar in them.
Do you consume any of these regularly?
Low Fat Yogurt
Protein Bars/Cereal Bars
One teaspoon of sugar contains 4 grams. The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons per day and 9 teaspoons for men.
Natural Fruit has sugar in it, is that bad?
There is a difference between natural sugar and processed sugar. The kind of sugar you consume when you eat a pile of grapes is different from eating a cereal bar containing processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup! The sugar found in fruit is from nature and your body can easily identify it and is the "good" sugar.
The easy rule of thumb to remember is: Eating from nature is best
· Cook at home so you can control the ingredients you are consuming.
· Check all labels and review the ingredients when you do buy packaged foods. Sometimes just switching brands can reduce your sugar!
· Factor in the serving size. Always check the serving size on your labels to make sure you do the math of how much you are truly consuming, this can be quite deceiving
· Avoid processed and packaged foods! Eat from nature and you can’t go wrong.
Don't let sugar sneak into your life! On your next trip to the grocery store, start turning those products over and get reading! Ingredient labels can be overwhelming, so begin small by checking the sugar content! Using the parameters above, you can easily start to calculate how much sugar you are consuming in one day! Are you within the recommended guidelines? Check the quantity, the quality and be empowered to know that high amounts of sugar can have a great impact on your health!
Still have questions? Our health coaches excel at navigating our current food system and will empower you to make better choices that work for you! Also check our Events page to review our ongoing complimentary workshops and webinars to help you EAT WELL & LIVE WELL!