This aint sweet…..
Most of you who are reading this know I have a sweet tooth, always have and always will. However with that being said I have had to work extra hard in the balance and moderation department with my sugar intake. Sugar is a sin and sugar has been a part of a long heated debate. Should we control people’s sugar intake? Should we allow people to become even more obese? If we can’t control people then all we can do is our best in educating them.
Since I have turned 30 I am more that my metabolism will start to slow down, however staying active and putting the right foods in my body will help with a speedy metabolism. Plus when I eat right and work out I don’t feel so guilty when I eat a piece of cake or a scoop of ice cream. With that being said let’s have a discussion on how much added sugar you should and shouldn’t be eating.
Do you know how many grams of added sugar you are allowed in a day? For woman 24g, for men 36g. Now do me a favor, go to your refrigerator and pull out your flavored yogurt. Yes, I said it I made the assumption that you have flavored yogurt or flavored Greek yogurt. Now take a look at the nutrition label and look at how many grams of sugar come in that tiny little container. The image below is a 6 oz container with 20g of sugar, well ladies you have exactly 4g of sugar left for your allowable consumption for the day. This daily allowance does not include natural sugars from fruits.
Now let’s get really real people. I cut soda out of my diet over 10 years ago. On a very rare occasion I will have a soda and when I do you can bet I do it right. Root beer, Ginger Ale, you know the good stuff. Do you know how many grams of sugar come in one 12 ounce soda? 39 grams. Well boys and girls you just went over your daily allotment. At this point I am sure your response to this blog is, “oh I only drink diet soda.” or “oh I only eat low fat foods.”
REALLY, so do you even know what an artificial sweetener can do to your body?!
Artificial sweeteners confuse the body causing it to crave the one thing it deprives, REAL SUGAR. Recent studies have also shown that the diet soda habit can increase your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Oh and the final kicker the phosphoric acid eats away at your tooth enamel and some studies have shown woman who drank two or more diet sodas a day had decreased kidney function by 30%. OUCH!!! So ask yourself is it really worth all of that.
Now let’s have the discussion on what your body does with sugar.
1. The more sugar you eat, the more insulin is released into the bloodstream. Insulin promotes fat storage, thus rapid weight gain can occur.
2. Consuming sugar makes your blood very thick and sticky, which inhibits blood flow into the small capillaries that supply your gums and teeth with nutrients. This can lead to severe dental problems such as dental caries, also known as tooth decay and gum disease.
3. One of the main components of brain function is the chemical compound known as glutamic acid — found in vegetables. When sugar is consumed the bacteria in your intestines, which make B vitamin complexes, begin to die. When the B vitamin complex levels decrease, glutamic acid is not processed. Consequently sleepiness, decreased ability for short-term memory function and decreased ability to calculate numerical values all can occur.
4. Refined sugar is not a food — it is a chemical. During heating and mechanical processes all vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and every nutrient are removed and only sugar remains. Sugar is habit-forming and has been compared to a narcotic.
So how are you feeling about sugar now?
Have you thought about brewing a nice herbal blend of tea and pouring it over ice. Or how about some good old fashion WATER. Fruit infused water is the best, refreshing and provides a little surprise at the bottom of the glass.
Now doesn’t this look amazing……
Let’s get serious people, we need to know what our bodies can and should be able to handle and not over do it. Moderation is key for a well-balanced life style.
Remember folks I am not a certified nutritionist, I am a certified personal trainer and a fit foodie!
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