Excessive sugar is dangerous. In this post I will discuss sugar and it’s dangers in hopes that you will make the decision to limit it in you diet.
Dangers of Sugar
Sugar is one of the culprits to the obesity epidemic. Excess sugar intake contributes to weight gain, inflammation and more. The American Heart Association in 2009 published a statement that high sugar consumption increases the risk for cardiovascular health, increased metabolic dysfunction as well. For example when you consume too many carbohydrates it can cause an increase in blood pressure, triglycerides and LDL (both types of cholesterols in the body), and insulin levels.
Back in 2005, almost 13 years ago, it was estimated that the average person consumed 22.5 teaspoons of sugar daily, mainly in the form of sugary drinks. Now in 2019, I wonder how much it has increased.
Do We Need Sugar?
Nutritionists and dietitians know that there are essential components to a diet, and sugar is not one of them. Processed sugar is unnecessary in the human diet. Naturally occurring carbohydrates, which are in the form of different sugar molecules are found naturally in foods. However, I am not talking about natural sugars. I am talking about the modern foods that have been processed and have sugars added to them.
Importantly, while there is no recommendation for the amount of sugar to consume, there is a recommendation on how much to LIMIT your sugar intake. The FDA recommends limiting our processed or added sugar consumption to 3 additional teaspoons for a 1600 calorie per day diet. And hat is NOT very much! One latte at Starbucks would cover that.
Consequences of Too Much Sugar
How To Reduce Sugar Intake
A good rule of thumb is to limit the foods which is enhanced with sugar. What this means is, if you have a choice between a banana and a snickers bar, you know which one to choose. If you would like to know more, check out this post “ Is a Calorie a Calorie?”.
Sugar is an addiction, and like addictions, it will take more and more to maintain a normal feeling.
What is the solution:
- Limit foods that contain added sugar.
- Stop drinking sugary drinks.
- Eat natural foods.
- Eat sweets only on special occasions like we used to….birthdays and holidays.
- Use Sweet Defeat.
This is a supplement that I have personally tried and it works.
Save your heart, mind and body…limit your sugar intake.
In my book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I can show you how to find the best sustainable plan that can reduce your consumption of sugar and reduce your risk for many complications of sugar related issues.