7 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Sugar

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We all know that too many sweets can lead to weight gain. But sugar can impact more than just our waistlines. In fact the sweetener is known to promote aging, interfere with hormones, and can even damage your arteries. Unfortunately, most of us are consuming well beyond the recommended amounts of sugar.  Stephen Compston, a registered and licensed dietitian at Renown Health, offers tips to help you limit your sugar intake.

According to Compston, “the number one thing you can do to reduce your sugar is stop DRINKING sugar – a 20 ounce bottle of soda has the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar in it!”

Sugar is added to most processed foods, just take a look at the food label and you can see what you are eating. “If you see sugar, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, corn syrup, or anything that ends in –ose (i.e. maltose, fructose, glucose) then there is sugar added to that product.”  That doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t eat the food – a good rule of thumb is if that sweetener is in the first three ingredients, you may want to try to avoid eating it.

“The issue comes with eating sweets on a daily basis,” explains Compston. “As far as eating sugar, obviously avoid cakes, candies, and other sweets on a regular basis.  Is it ok to have a piece of cake at your birthday party?  Yes, because it doesn’t happen every day. ”

7 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Sugar

Sugar was always meant to be a treat, a reward. “The last time I checked, birthday cake was for birthdays, and birthdays come once a year,” says endocrinologist Robert Lustig, MD, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. But added sugar is infiltrating the food supply, and we’re not just talking soda here.

Food manufacturers pump excess sugar into an array of foods—even “health foods”—creating catastrophic health results. Is sugar toxic? The added sugars are. Learn where this type of sneaky sugar hides, along with these surprising sugar side effects.

The Facts: Americans swallow a whopping 13 percent of their daily calories from added sugars. That adds up to about 130 pounds per year. Break that down to the daily level, and we’re way over the limit, downing the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of added sugars a day. According to the American Heart Association, women should max out at the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of added sugars daily; men should stop at 9. […]

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