Is Sugar Making You Sick?
Very few of us consider how much sugar we are consuming in our diet. Almost everything we eat contains some amount of sugar. And, it all adds up! Americans are reported to get an average of 350 calories a day from sugar in their diet. This is the same as eating 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine focused only on added sugars in adult’s diets (see study here). The study had resoundingly negative findings about the effects of added sugar on an individual’s health. The researchers found that those who get more than 21 percent of their calories from sugar are two times as likely to die from heart disease as those who get 7 percent of their calories or less from sugar. While those who ate more than 25 percent of their calories as sugar died from heart disease three times as frequently.
The study also found that about 10 percent of American adults consumed 25 percent or more of their calories in the form of sugar. The researchers ultimately decided that sugar consumption should be limited to 10 percent of your diet or less. If you do eat a lot of sugar, taking a supplement like GTF Chromium helps reduce the sugar cravings and may balance sugar levels.
It is not easy to know just how much sugar you are getting in your diet. But one sure way to get healthier is to cut down on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) intake. Another great way to start is to decrease the number of processed foods you eat. Processed foods are anything that you get out of a can, jar, box, or wrapper. When you must eat processed foods it is a good idea to check the label to see just how many grams of sugar you are getting. A little less than 5 grams make up one teaspoon. Striving to keep your sugar intake under 25 grams or about 6 teaspoons is probably the best rule of thumb. You may also want to consider switching to Stevia or Lo Han instead of sugar.