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Sugar intake has increased by 40 lbs a year across the United States !
Is it a coincidence that the obesity rate has increased by 20 percent?
Are they linked ?
More than likely !
Now, we’re all prone to candy, lollies, sweets and that weekly sugar hit – sometimes it just taste soooooo good doesn’t it?
But in truth, over time that addiction and reliance on sugar could lead to serious health implications down the track.
Many people consume more sugar than they realize. It’s important to be aware of how much sugar you consume because our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly.
Added sugars contribute zero nutrients but many added calories that can lead to extra pounds or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health.
If you think of your daily calorie needs as a budget, you want to “spend” most of your calories on “essentials” to meet your nutrient needs. Use only left over, discretionary calories for “extras” that provide little or no nutritional benefit, such as sugar.
Did you know that the average American sucks down on 53 gallons of carbonated soda drinks each year?
Online Nursing Programs have created this frightening infographic was details just how much sugar Americans consume on a yearly basis – and it’s frankly astounding.
That’s A LOT of Pepsi in anyone’s book. Take a look at the infographic below to get the bigger picture and next time you’re reaching out for the sugary treat – maybe think twice?
take sugar (white and brown), syrup, honey and molasses off the table — out of sight, out of mind!
Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like cereal, pancakes, coffee or tea.
Try cutting the usual amount of sugar you add by half and wean down from there, or consider using an artificial sweetener.
Buy sugar-free or low-calorie beverages.
Buy fresh fruits or fruits canned in water or natural juice. Avoid fruit canned in syrup, especially heavy syrup.
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Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, add fresh fruit (try bananas, cherries or strawberries) or dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or apricots).
When baking cookies, brownies or cakes, cut the sugar called for in your recipe by one-third to one-half. Often you won’t notice the difference.
Instead of adding sugar in recipes, use extracts such as almond, vanilla, orange or lemon.Enhance foods with spices instead of sugar; try ginger, allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg.
Substitute unsweetened applesauce for sugar in recipes (use equal amounts).Try non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose or saccharin in moderation.
Non-nutritive sweeteners may be a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding more calories to your diet.
The FDA has determined that non-nutritive sweeteners are safe.