Sweet N' Dangerous
Kinda funny that I’m sitting here writing up this blog post as I’m staring at a Coca-Cola machine in the waiting “lounge” of the Chevrolet dealership. Waiting to get my oil changed and trying to catch up on some things on my to-do list, and watching various people come by and snag quick sugary snacks and drinks. Oooooo, if they only knew the harm…
The World Health Organization recommends a sugar intake of no more than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons per day! This doesn’t include sugar naturally occurring in fruits, vegetables, and milk. However it does include natural added sugars like honey and maple syrup.
Just as a reference…
There’s 64 grams of sugar in a 20 oz bottle of Dr. Pepper……..SIXY FOUR. That’s nearly 2.5 times the recommended daily allowance.
The consumption of excessive sugar, including fructose from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, fatty liver, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome… All things we really, REALLY want to avoid. And the easy thing is all of these are totally avoidable with what we eat. HFCS is found in a lot of foods in the American diet, specifically sodas (as noted above). So no, sorry guys, you shouldn’t be having sodas at all…like ever if possible. They’re a quick, empty-calorie way to WAY over exceed your sugar intake and lead to seriously harmful bodily effects. Excess sugar can be found in many sneaky foods including breakfast cereals, condiments, bread, jams and jellies, and even some canned fruit! Look out for food items that are low in sugar or canned fruit that is packaged in its natural juice with no added syrup. Always check your nutrition facts labels and ingredient list for HFCS and should try to avoid HFCS and added sugars at all costs! Why pollute your body with it from foods that don’t even need sugar anyways. Save your sugar grams for the good stuff, ppl. Because if you know me at all, I’m a-okay with the occasional dessert and treat. But let’s not blow this sugar amount out of the water every single day. Let’s be aware and cautious of what we are choosing to consume!
Let’s talk fruit:
But as mentioned above, not all sugar is created equal. Well specifically, not all fructose is created equal! Fruits are very high in fructose, but they do not cause the disease risks like the isolated high fructose corn syrup and other “free sugars” added into food products do. The sugar from these natural foods have vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants that when consumed as a whole food, can be beneficial to the body regardless of the natural sugar. Therefore, fruit can be considered a great snack or dessert option when a sweet treat is desired. Eat up!
seasonal summer fruits include berries, apricots, peaches, plums, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, figs, mango and many more! Stock up on these fruits this season. You can add them to water or sparkling water to avoid the sugars found in sodas!