Nutrition Wednesday: Added Sugars

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A lot has been said about added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. This is probably because the United States population’s obesity rates have dramatically risen in the past decades along with added sugar consumption. We can all blame the manufacturers of our food as they have incorporated 95% of the sugars in our diets to foods and beverages, but come on. We all knowingly indulge in added sugar because we LOVE it! I know I do anyway… as you can see from a certain recipe that will be coming up on Saturday! Anyway, I thought I’d give you a few common rules/insights about sugar and sugar avoidance to help you break out of the sugar trance that we all subscribe to.

  • High fructose corn syrup is added sugar. PERIOD. No one is sure if it’s worst than other sugars, so treat it like other sugars, don’t consume it often! That means you actually need to check the labels on your food and DRINKS!
  • I cannot stress enough how BAD soda is for you. It is pretty much pure sugar. I swear I read that a bottle of coke had 16 packets of sugar in it. GROSS!
  • Just drink water! It’s that simple. Liquid calories are tricky because people don’t tend to realize how many calories they are drinking with such little effort.
  • Don’t limit fruits and veggies because they have natural fructose. They contribute fiber, minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients to the diet that are way too important to skip out on!
  • Obtaining fructose and other added sugars from certain sources is more likely to develop diseases. For instance, it is better to intake fructose from veggies and fruits than desserts! Desserts and other foods and beverages containing sugar can be riskier for your health.
  • As in all things nutrition-related, moderation is key! Desserts, sugary foods, and beverages are delicious and should be enjoyed, just not at every meal!
  • Don’t let “non-sugary” looking foods fool you. Granola bars are filled with sugar as are cereals and other boxed/packaged goods.
  • If you’ve ever heard to avoid the middle aisles of the grocery store and only shop on the outside aisles of the store you would be wise to follow this advice. Veggies, fruits, and dairies are always on the outside aisles of the grocery store and those happen to be the products that don’t contain added sugar to ruin your diet or risk your health.

I hope this was at least semi-helpful to you. Many people in my family suffer from Type II diabetes and I happen to be a sugar fiend, go figure. I hope that any of you with that type of family history and myself can escape the clutches of that disease by getting educated and sticking to our guns (figure of speech of course).

What source of food/drink is your weakness when it comes to sugar intake? (I personally love bready desserts)

Do you have any tips or tricks for limiting sugar?

Please note that I am *not* a nutritionist or nutrition expert, this is information based on my own knowledge and experience that I took away from the book Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies by Sizer and Whitney. Please consult a doctor before starting any nutrition routine or prescribing to any diet. 

 

Please note that I am *not* a nutritionist or nutrition expert, this is information based on my own knowledge and experience that I took away from the book Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies by Sizer and Whitney. Please consult a doctor before starting any nutrition routine or prescribing to any diet. 

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