Sugar has been associated with high cholesterol, weight gain, and obesity. The average American eats about 22 – 28 teaspoons of sugar daily, which is almost a pounds worth of calories a week.
Sugar is definitely a hard food to take away from our diet because it puts up a fight by altering hormone responses and brain functions to create cravings. Sugar is a sweetener and we interact with many of them like honey, agave, maple syrup, corn, fructose, and fruit. Fructose can be metabolized in the liver and doesn’t raise insulin level, but it can still cause weight gain and put someone at risk for a disease the same way different sugars can.
When you want to eat healthy, looking for healthier choices can be deceiving because there is sugar hidden in many foods were might consider being a healthier option. The American Heart Association suggests that women eat no more than 24 grams of sugar a day and men eat no more than 36 grams of sugar a day.
Sugar is always found in processed foods, which are high in sugar but lack important vitamins and minerals. When seeking to eat healthier, avoid processed foods when you can. Many sweet cereals contain about four teaspoons of sugar in each serving. Eating a large amount of sugar for breakfast will wake you up for a little while and then you will crash later and look for more sugar just to wake you up again. We assume that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are good for us, but they can contain 18 grams of sugar! Six ounces of yogurt can have 27 grams of sugar, a small serving of raisins can have about 30 grams, and a half-cup serving of tomato sauce can contain up to 7 grams of sugar.
Eliminating processed foods from your diet is the best way to work towards eating healthier and avoid eating sugar added foods. Try adding organic meat, nuts, seeds, veggies, whole dairy, fruit, and healthier fats like coconut and olive oil to your diet. If you do eat processed foods, make sure to read the labels and look out for “non fat” foods because they usually contain chemicals and sugars. Avoiding drinking sweetened drinks, even juice because they are usually high in sugar with no fiber or fat to balance it out. Try to diminish or reduce your consumption of artificial sweeteners because it can just increase your cravings for more sugar and carb filled foods.
Try these steps if your truly want to eat healthier.
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