Shocking Amounts Of Sugar
Added sugars are causing serious health problems for many Americans such as conditions that lead to high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels and other cardiovascular issues. Even children are not exempt from these serious health concerns. Child obesity runs at the rate of roughly 18.5% because of these dietary decisions that kids make.
Sugar is one of the main culprits. Americans consume on average 152 pounds of added sugar a year. Compare this to the 1700’s, when sugar was rare and the average consumption was at approximately 4 pounds per year.
Our bodies are not suppose to consume this much added sugar. In fact, we are adding so much that it is considered toxic to our bodies. Diabesity is the new term of one of these conditions caused by this unhealthy lifestyle. This includes consuming too much added sugar. Diabesity comes from the term type-2 diabetes and obesity. One in four American adults fit into this diagnosis of being diabetic or pre-diabetic. It was only 100 years ago that 1 in 4000 Americans were diabetic.
Let’s start the conversation on how you can start to reduce the amount of added sugars in your diet. However, before you begin the process to reduce the amount of added sugars in your diet, you first need to be aware of where these added sugars are hiding. You need to understand what foods and drinks are the biggest culprits. Some of the questions that we need to answer are:
- Where do these hidden sugar lurk and how to avoid them?
- Debunking sugar myths
- What are some of the worst culprits?
- How to incorporate sugar substitutes into your meals
- Is natural sugar (fructose), which is found in real foods safe to eat?
- What are the different names for sugar?
- What are the side effects (health risks) of eating sugar?
- What are some tips and alternatives to hidden sugar?
This topic is long and complex. I address all of this with my guest Jennifer Tyler Lee, an award-winning author of “Half The Sugar, All The Love” on an episode from The Rich Solution on Spoony Radio. The episode is titled, “Half The Sugar, All The Love”.
For the purpose to help you take action right now with hidden sugars, I address how you can substitute these hidden sugars and eat a healthier meal starting today. The rest of the questions that need to be answered can found by clicking here and visiting The Rich Solution podcast and listening to the episode at your leisure.
One of the worst places for hidden added sugars is in condiments. Are you like so many of Americans who consume too many added sugars from things like dressings, pasta sauces, juices or smoothies? I would like to suggest you try and easy action that only takes a few minutes and ingredients. Start today to make your own fresh and natural salad dressing. There are many nutritional benefits to boot. I bet you didn’t know that by eating your salad with a healthy fat, it will enable you to absorb all the fat-soluble nutrients that are in the different veggies in your salad. Making your own salad dressings is easy, healthy, and has less sugar than commercial varieties. Additionally, you can customize to your liking. Click here to get your complimentary salad dressing recipe. No email address needed. Enjoy!