You’re sweet enough already!
It is hard to stay away from sugar as it’s everywhere! From fruit juices and carbonated drinks to milk and breakfast cereal, it can be hard to calculate how much sugar you are unconsciously consuming. The average person takes in about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. According to the American Heart Association, the daily target should be no more than six level teaspoons for women and nine for men!
Sugar intake is involved in the obesity epidemic we are seeing across the world. The more sugar you consume, the more you will want. It is extremely habit-forming and releases dopamine when is consumed. We love our sugar, and it is harming us.
A large body of research now shows that consuming lots of added sugars negatively impacts just about every organ system in the body. If that isn’t enough, it also increases your risk of chronic diseases and interferes with gut health.
What can you do?
Check your snacks:
Hidden sugar foods are often marketed “healthy”. Do you have granola or protien bars for snacks? Crackers? Dried fruit? Yoghurts? Take a look at the amount of sugar in them. You may be surprised.
Check your pantry:
Do you have lasagna night each week? It may be worth checking your frequently purchased items and adjust accordingly.
Look at the Label:
Be on the hunt in your grocery store for lower sugar options, read the labels. Sugar is often the hidden ingredient in canned goods and pre-packaged foods. For example, pasta sauce often contains between 6 and 12 grams of sugar per half-cup serving. That equates to 3 teaspoons of sugar.