The not so Sweet Side to Sugar!

Oct 29, 2018

Sugar is everywhere!

I am a firm believer in that sugar is the cause behind most chronic illnesses. Before I go any further, I want to clarify that sugar in the form of fruit in its whole form does not count in the sugar I am discussing today. Overall sugar is the silent, sweet killer of Americans. It not only causes major health problems, but also disrupts your gut and your mental health. If I could eliminate one thing from your everyday diet it would be Sugar.

When I work with my clients, we gradually ease them away from sugar and their bodies instantly start to thank them. That’s not to say you can’t have sugar as a treat here and there, but it is important that you do not exceed 25 grams a day.

Did you know that American Heart Association recommends to not consume any more than 25 grams of sugar a day, that is 6 teaspoons. The average yogurt has between 20-30 grams of sugar, so with one yogurt snack you have already hit your sugar limit.

 

 

Three Reasons to limit sugar

  1. In a study published in 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Hu and his colleagues found an association between a high-sugar diet and a greater risk of dying from heart disease. Over the course of the 15-year study, people who got 17% to 21% of their calories from added sugar had a 38% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who consumed 8% of their calories as added sugar. (Harvard)

    “Basically, the higher the intake of added sugar, the higher the risk for heart disease,” says Dr. Hu. (Harvard)

  2. Consuming too much added sugar, especially from sugary beverages, increases your risk of weight gain and can lead to visceral fat accumulation. (healthline)
  3. A high-sugar diet may lead to obesity and insulin resistance, both of which are risk factors for diabetes. (healthline)

I encourage you to start today and see how much sugar you and your family are consuming daily and then see where you can start making adjustments.