How Much Sugar is Too Much?

mm Posted By Dr. Sean Stringer on 06/18/2015

bowl of straberries-sm.jpgAmerica is facing an obesity, diabetes, and cancer epidemic.

Despite the billions of dollars being spent on combating these diseases we have been losing the battle.

Growing old gracefully is not happening in the United States. We are facing a health crisis. The traditional medical approach concentrates on the disease and symptoms rather than what is causing the illness.

Today, Americans are consuming too much solid fats and added sugar, which should not account for no more than 5-15 % of your daily caloric intake, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The average American today consumes approximately 800 calories per day of solid fats and added sugars. That is more than 35% of your daily diet!

Americans should consume no more than 8 teaspoons daily of added sugar, based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. That means, if we want to be healthy, we should have no more than 32 grams of added sugar per day.

That 12 oz. soda you drink every day has about 40 grams of sugar, which already is more than the daily recommended sugar intake. That 32 oz. soda at the movies could have more than 75 grams of sugar or twice the daily allow limit.

This is a danger zone if you’re already overweight, are trying to lose weight, or already have blood sugar problems.

There are more than 50 names for sugar used on food labels today. Approximately 80 percent of all food products in the supermarkets today have added sugar.

Intuitively, we all know that cookies, cake, candy and soda are filled with sugar. But most people don’t realize all the hidden sugars and carbohydrates they consume daily. The challenge is that Americans are not even avoiding added sugar in the foods that obviously have added sugar. Today, more than 35 percent of added sugars that Americans consume come from soda and energy drinks.

Comparing Coca-Cola to several fruit juices.

As already mentioned, drinking any of the beverages listed above exceed the recommended total daily sugar intake and that’s before you have any other drinks or eat any breads, pastas or potatoes.

Although Coca Cola has less sugar and calories than some of the fruit juices, that does not mean you should drink it. If you are thinking of drinking “sugar-free” drinks, these diet soda use artificial sweeteners, which are deadly and should be avoided.

The other challenge Americas have is the refined, processed carbohydrates that they are consuming which are also dangerous and should always be avoided.

You should avoid refined, processed white bread, white pasta, white potatoes, or white rice. These foods have a VERY high glycemic index and will cause your blood sugar to spike. If this happens, it causes your pancreas to work overtime to produce insulin to regulate your blood sugar.

Eating these foods also is counter-productive to losing weight because when your blood sugar increases you find yourself hungry again much sooner.

It is difficult to know what foods are good for you or bad for you.

Our team at NutriMost can help you navigate the weight loss maze and help you lose weight quickly and safely.

Please contact us at NutriMost to register for an in-office consultation today.

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