How Much Sugar Should I Eat Per Day?
According to the World Health Organization, the average person should eat no more than 26 grams of sugar a day. That about equivalent to eating one regular size Hershey’s chocolate bar. The average American, however, eats around 91 grams of sugar a day so it is no wonder that obesity and type 2 diabetes have been on the rise
Sugar is in so many foods that we eat these days. Take Green Machine by Naked Juice, for example. This beverage is seemingly healthy with its delicious combination of vegetable and fruit juices and yet one 8 ounce serving contains approximately 28 grams of sugar. That’s already one day’s allowance. Just for comparison sake, a 16 oz serving of Coke contains 52 grams of sugar.
If sugar tastes so good, why should we avoid over eating it?
10 Negative Effects of Sugar
May lead to type 2 diabetes
May cause obesity
May age your skin, cells and damage your blood vessels
May cause inflammation
May cause certain cancers
May contribute to alzheimer’s disease
May increase your chance of getting heart disease
May cause tooth decay
May become addictive
May cause acne
Watch this video to learn more about sugar and what it does to our bodies:
How to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
Read food labels
Drink water instead of soda pop
Reduce consumption of sweets and processed carbs
Do not add sugar to your coffee
Eat whole fruits rather than drinking fruit juice
My Weight Loss Story
Seven years ago I was 20 pounds over my optimal weight. I remember feeling energy swings and occasional brain fog back then. At that time I ate the typical American diet which included fast food, soda pop and plenty of processed foods and sweets. Once I made the decision to lose 20 pounds, it was easier than you might imagine. I stopped drinking soft drinks and greatly decrease my sugar intake from sweets and refined carbohydrates. I also lowered my consumption of meat and increase my intake of fruits and vegetables. On top of that I made sure to walk or run three to five miles a day. Within three months I lost twenty pounds, looked and felt younger and had more energy. Since then I have managed to keep the extra weight off with my new and healthier eating habits, and my commitment to daily exercise.
We Are What We Eat
What we eat either makes us healthy or it makes us unhealthy. If you want to have a long healthy life, it is vital for you to eat organic foods that are vitamin, mineral and antioxidant rich. And it is also important reduce your consumption of refined sugars and processed foods that have been stripped of nutrients. Other contributors to weight gain are stress and not getting enough sleep.
A balanced diet is an important part of a balanced and healthy life. Deprivation increases temptation, so learn to be balanced in your approach to eating. Enjoy the occasional sweet treat and drink, but be reasonable about how often you indulge. Sugar is a part of life, but don’t let it control you or make you sick. Your health is your wealth!
Wishing you great health,
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