Beware of Added Sugar
Seriously, Whole Foods 365, Pacific Foods, and Swanson! Why add cane sugar to your chicken broth? No respectful moms-who-prepare-home-cooked-foods focus group would ever recommended that. It’s bad enough when people who are trying to eat healthy foods are faced with sugar cravings shortly after eating yogurt, a granola bar, or instant hot cereal – because those ”healthy” items are now laden with sugar.
But do we really need chicken broth addicts too? I’m a label reader, but wish I did not have to read them; and could just trust that the food was healthy and did not have natural or chemical additives to make me addicted to it. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
What you must know is …
In a bottle of sweetened green tea you may be surprised to find as much as 50 grams of sugar. That’s more than 12 teaspoons of sugar in one bottle of tea! With all that sugar, you’ll become a sugar addict. Craving something sweet soon after to get another sugar high. Suddenly this is a daily ritual that you can’t break.
Even if you are in good health you still need to limit your added sugar intake. On March 5, 2014, the World Health Organization recommended an added free sugars intake of 10 percent of your daily calories consumed. If you ingest 2,000 calories daily, your maximum added sugar intake should be 50 grams. That means one 12 ounce soda (35 grams) and one Kraft Fat-Free Vanilla Pudding (15 grams). That’s it. No more for the day.
Take Action, There Are Solutions
Read labels and be aware of the amount of added sugar you have in your foods. Buy Trader Joe’s chicken broth or other broth brands with no added sugar. Buy low sugar health bars and cereal. Eat whole foods and make your own treats. Go to the bulk section and mix and match your own dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes goodie bag. For an overall healthy diet, check out the Keep It Simple Food Guide found in the Stop Dieting! Diets Don’t Work. – part 2 blog.
With the new American diet of high-sugar, high-fat, starchy foods, ideally you should limit or avoid certain sugar-laden products.
Call and write your politician or participate in petitions like Union of Concerned Scientists’ petition to expand the Nutritional Facts label to include information about added sugar.
Still Not Convinced? More Reasons Why To Avoid “Added Sugar”
Because it is addictive; and this addiction is bad for your waistline, your health, your quality of life, and can shorten your lifespan. Added sugars go by many different names. Either way they are all a source of extra calories with negative health consequences. Besides checking labels for sugar, you need to know which sweeteners that are not technically sugar, but still are forms of added sugar.
Here is a brief list of “added sugar” names to look out for:
Sugar makes our food taste yummy; and when eaten, within reason, it does not have a bad health effect on most people. But most people do not eat it within reason, hence our increasing obesity rate.
Sugar is in most of the food we eat throughout the day. Plus we add it to items like coffee and tea. Then we gorge on starchy items that turn into sugar and then fat, if we don’t exercise and burn off the excess starch and sugar. Combine that with a high fat intake and before you know it your doctor breaks the news that you are obese and your health is at risk.
We are OD’ing on sugar and enduring the highs and lows of a sugar roller coaster ride every day. A ride that OD’ing on coffee will not smooth out. But worse yet, our health is deteriorating. Obesity is now an epidemic. Sugar contributes greatly to the alarming increase of childhood diabetes. We ingest a boatload of probiotics, because our intestinal flora is out of whack and the candida coup will not back down either.
You can be sure that ingesting high-sugar, high-fat, starchy foods on a ￼daily bases will bring you face to face with one or more illness like heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, caries (tooth and bone decay), certain types of cancer, obesity, and more. Making your own food is the best way to monitor what you put in your body. But if you are making it from a pre-mixed product, beware. Case in point. Betty Crocker’s Fiber One Apple Cinnamon muffin mix. You may assume that the first ingredient is flour. WRONG, it is sugar! Keep reading the ingredients. You will quickly learn it has high fructose corn syrup too.
No wonder more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, according to the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data.
The impact of excessive sugar intake on your health is not to be ignored. It is best to take control by monitoring what you eat, making your own food, and influencing the FDA to place an “added sugar” line item on ingredient labels. May you live a healthy life!
Wishing you happiness.