The American Heart Association (AHA) found that 8 out of 10 adults are striving to reduce sugar in their diets. This means that 80% of adults are aware that sugar is not healthy for their bodies!
The AHA found that too much added sugar may put you at higher risk for these diseases:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Cognitive problems (dementia and Alzheimer’s)
• Colon cancer
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol and triglyceride levels
• Kidney disease
• Liver disease
• Pancreatic cancer
• Retina, muscle and nerve damage
They also found that too much added sugar may cause:
• Cavities/tooth decay
• Increased waist size
• Weight gain
• Skin aging and wrinkles
Do you know where half of the added sugar in the American diet comes from? It comes from one source and that is sugary drinks! Other sources include cereals, baked goods, candy and dairy products and desserts.
Do you know what the recommended limitation of added sugars are for men, women and children? Men should be limited to 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day. Women and children over 2 should be limited to 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day. However, the average adult gets about 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day! This is almost double the limit for men and TRIPLE the limit for women!!!
Did this information surprise you? Were you aware that there is a recommended limitation for sugar even though you can find added sugar in so many food products?
In this session, I will explore with you on how to cut out added sugars in your diet using simple smart choices as part of an overall healthy eating pattern.
See Yourself in Good Health!