Good evening all!
Tonight I want to address the subject of sugar. Sugar is EVERYWHERE! However, you may not think you are eating or drinking sugar sweetened products because added sugars can appear as several different names on labels. In order to be caution of what you are consuming, I advise to learn or at least be able to recognize the other names that could be used. This may include:
- any ingredient with the word “sugar” in i (such as beet sugar, raw sugar etc)
- any ingredient with the word “nectar”
- any ingredient with the word “syrup”
- any ingredient containing a word ending in “-ose”
- fruit juice/concentrates
- cane juice/evaporated cane juice
(this list is not all inclusive)
Trust me your body will thank you for limiting the added sugars you consume. Why? Because previous and recent research has shown a significant impact on cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends women should not consume more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day, men 9 teaspoons. However, the average American is said to consume about 22 teaspoons a day!!! If this isn’t eye opening enough, scientific evidence is growing in this area and has concluded: more added sugars=higher triglycerides (blood lipids) + higher total & LDL (the “bad” kind) cholesterol + higher blood pressure! Oh wait and did I mention this is a leading cause of obesity too?!?!
Fruit: I have heard controversy about consuming fruit throughout the day or at night and how it was “bad” because of the sugar content. Fruit contains natural sugars that exist in nature. The sugar found in fruit is bound up with fiber + nutrients + water, therefore, don’t have the same negative effect as added sugars do to our body.
All in all I just want everyone to be aware of the consequences of consuming added sugars and why it is so important to know what you are putting in your body. Remember this: Your body is like a machine and if doesn’t receive the proper fuel (nutrition) it isn’t going to function at its full potential.
Until next time,