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Step Away From The Sugar

SugarBowlFrontWe’ve become a nation of sweet tooth lotus-eaters but limiting the amount of soda served at McDonalds by law is the right idea thought with the left side of the brain. Consumption of sugar has increased 23% in the last 30 years and we, along with our kids, are getting fat and sick because of it. Sugar is added to everything from breakfast cereals to salad dressings.

Sugar is very low in nutrients that are good for our bodies so it basically provides empty calories when we consume excess not needed for energy. Just like any other extra calories we eat, it will turn into fat.  Sugar is found naturally in some healthy foods and is nearly impossible to completely remove from our diets. Added sugars are the ones we want to remove mostly. It will make us healthier and maybe happier. On the road to recovery we should:

  •  Eat fresh fruit.
  • Avoid canned fruit in sugary syrups.
  • Reduce the sugar you use when making food at home.
  • Cut down on the sugar you add to your food.
  • Cut down on the sugary beverages you drink.
  • Don’t buy foods and candies that are mainly sugar.
  • Have no more than 10% of your total calorie intake from added sugars, which, based on a 2000 calorie diet, is about 50g/day.
  • When grocery shopping, read labels.

Ingredients are listed according to how much of it is in the product. Avoid foods where sugar is listed as one of the first few ingredients. Ingredient names that mean sugar are barley malt, beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, caramel, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maltodextrin, maltose, malt syrup, rice syrup, and sucrose.

My favorite breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and blueberries, an orange and coffee. Giving up sugar in my coffee was tough but I got used to the taste of food without added sugar, and you will find you don’t need it.  On the way to being healthier, you may even find you enjoy food more.

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