It’s no secret that we are facing an epidemic of obesity and the health problems that come with it, but what is the cause? We hear it’s because of a “fast-food culture,” or it’s because kids play too many video games, but are you aware of what added sugars are doing to our health?
- Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients.
- National survey data indicate that excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans.
- The American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars.
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which amounts to an extra 350 calories. While we sometimes add sugar to food ourselves, most added sugar comes from processed and prepared foods. Sugar-sweetened beverages and breakfast cereals are two of the most serious offenders.
Soft drinks are a prime source of extra calories that can contribute to weight gain and provide no nutritional benefits. They are coming under scrutiny for their contributions to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from sugar – usually high-fructose corn syrup. That’s the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar.
Choosing whole, unprocessed breakfast foods – such as apples, or steel-cut or old fashioned oatmeal – that don’t have lengthy ingredient lists is a great way to avoid eating added sugars. Unfortunately, many common breakfast foods such as ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, cereal bars, instant oatmeal with added flavoring, and pastries can contain high amounts of added sugars.
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