Some may say that the US is a country of sugar eaters. Some would definitely say this if they would compare the fact that the average person is eating about 335 more calories a day in pure sugar than they did a decade ago. Are you one of these average people? Do you eat too much sugar?
Ask yourself these questions:
• Do you a lot of sugary drinks (colas, sugar filled fruit juices, etc)
• Do you have to have sugar in your coffee and teas?
• Do you eat sugar coated cereals?
• Do you eat sweeten breads?
• Do you know that cane juice and corn syrup and foods that end in ose like glucose, fructose and sucrose are words that basically mean sugar?
Now do you know what they health risks are from eating too much sugar?
• You can gain unwanted weight (remember those 335 extra calories a day you may be eating?)
• Eating a lot of sugar can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure
• Eating a lot of sugar can increase your risk of developing diabetes
• Eating a lot of sugar can actually increase your appetite, thus another reason you can gain weight
So what should you do if you crave a lot of sugar?
• By now, you can see that you must cut down on sugar and sugar filled products
• You can however increase the amount of foods you eat that are naturally sweetened, such as fruits
• When you do choose to eat foods that are made from artificial sugar try to eat them along side foods such as nuts and fruits.
• Try to cut back on eating sugary foods when you feel a food binge coming on. Eating large amounts of sugar in one sitting can wreck havoc on your bloodstream. Yet, if you feel you have no control and must binge on some sugar filled foods try to add some fiber or protein enriched foods into the mix to help counteract some of the effects of the sugar.
Will we as a country ever cut out sugar from our diet? No, we probably won’t. But if we can at least cut back on it and can answer no to the question are you eating too much sugar, we will have made improvements.