Enjoy Sweetness The Healthy Way
Think about the dietary sugar you’ve eaten today: 2 tablespoons in your morning coffee perhaps? And may be the tasty dessert you had for dinner? If you think your sugar consumption for the day was limited to these two obvious sources, you are wrong by at least 100 grams of sugar.
The average person in a developed country consumes around 1000 grams of sugar PER WEEK. From clear additions of dietary sugar (stirred right into coffees and teas) to the unknown amounts present in daily meals, drinks and snacks, you are consuming sugar with virtually EVERYTHING you’re eating. And to think that it adds nothing nutrition wise and is only inviting a lifetime of problems and disease.
When the body takes in a sudden dose of sugar, it doesn’t utilize all of it at once. While you’re gulping down cakes, cookies and chocolates, glucose (a type of sugar) level in the blood rises rapidly. The pancreas kicks in and starts releasing a lot of insulin which delivers the glucose to the cell where half of it is used for immediate energy, 10% is stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver, and the remaining 40% is stored as fat. That 40% plays a vital role in obesity and diabetes.
Following are some of the problems high level of sugar consumption has been linked with:
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Dental problems
How To Cut Down On Your Sugar Consumption…
You can fulfill all your energy needs from good carbohydrate sources like:
• Whole grain cereals and breads
• Brown rice
Here are some other ways you can make wiser decisions regarding your sugar intake:
• Start reading food labels. For the average 2000-calorie diet for adults, your sugar consumption should not exceed 40 grams a day.
• Replace sugar snacks and desserts with food items like fruits and corn syrup.
• Try a GOOD and SAFE low calorie sweetener.