Less Sugar equal Sweeter Health

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?

Consider this:

  • 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.

Read more online at: http://www.letseathealthier.com/facts-about-sugar.html

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