Are you Sweet Enough?

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Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends that we have 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for men and women.  The average american eats and drinks approximately 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. To put it in perspective the average person consumes almost half a cup of added sugar a day, and 152 pounds in just one year.  Whoa this is equivalent  to 38, 4 pound bags of refined sugar per year.  That is a helluva lot of sugar running through veins!!!!! You can’t get no sweeter than this…Are you sweet enough?

I am an avid label reader and constantly read labels for a better understanding of what is really going into my body.  Remember what goes inside our bodies is seen or manifest itself on the outside of our bodies, i.e., sugar is just empty calories and empty calories just turn into unwanted pounds. Now for the lesson, when reading labels you should know that 1 gram of sugar is equivalent to a 1/4 teaspoon and 4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon.  Therefore based on the American Heart Associations recommendations we should consume no more than 24 grams of sugar per day.  Now get this, a 12 ounce can of regular coke has about 32 grams or 8 teaspoons of sugar exceeding the recommended daily consumption by 2 teaspoons or 8 grams.  Imagine some people drink 2 or 3 cans of sugar a day…oops I meant coke.

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Added sugars include all kinds of sugar and syrups that are put in a product during processing to make it taste better.  This sugar has little or no nutritional value other than producing extra calories.   Ok the lesson continues, now get this, humans are hardwired to prefer sweets from birth.  As you know sugars are a type  of carbohydrate.  When we eat carbs they stimulate the release of the feel good brain chemical Serotonin.  Most brain cells are influenced in some way by Serotonin.  This includes brain cells related to mood, sexual function, sleep, memory, learning and appetite.  No wonder sweet things make us feel so good, I ask you again…Are you sweet enough?

Most added sugars are found in fruit drinks, energy drinks and other sugar sweetened beverages which are the No. 1 source of added sugar.  A recent study found that drinking one or two surgery drinks a day raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by 26% compared with those who limit sweet drinks to just one a month.  I know this sounds very daunting to anyone that enjoys the surgery juices especially if you thought they were good for you, ha ha, ha, you didn’t bother to read the label, now did you? Limiting the mount of added sugar in your diet can be challenging, but it can be done.  I am working on it right know and I will let you know how it works out for this time next month.  I need a little more than the 21 traditional days it takes to break a habit.

One last time…Are you sweet enough?

Luv Ya, Chris

 

 

 

 

 

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