Oh Sugar

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I have said before and I will say it again, sugar is the main culprit for our current health epidemic.  Let me count the reasons why, it is harmful to our bodies, it is addictive, it is readily available, it is in 74% of pre-packed foods, it is hidden under over 50 aliases, it is one of the biggest industries and worst of all it is marketed as a sweet innocent treat ( so much so we give it to our children without a second thought).  Today I am not here to tell you about all the dangers about sugar, for more information on that you can read my article: “Save Your Child from Sugar Addiction.”  Or you can search for a gazillion articles on the subject.

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Today I would like to give you a little perspective and ask you to do a simple experiment.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 – 25 grams) per day.  One teaspoon contains 4 grams of sugar.

 Ok here is what I would like you to do, read the labels of the foods that you consume or give your child today.  Look at the sugar content of each serving and add it all up.  That is it.  

You might be surprised to see that just  8oz of orange juice contains about 24 grams of sugar!  That is more than the daily allowance for a child and your whole daily allowance.  Add a cookie, sweetened cup of coffee, a banana and you and your child are in dangerous territory.

I also wanted to share this amazing website called Sugar Science.  It is an evidence-based website that provides scientific information about sugar and it’s impact on health.  It is super easy to navigate and it could help you take a step towards a healthier life.

Information is power, I urge you to take action and take charge of your heath and your family.  You can do it!