You know how I feel about sugar.
It’s addictive. It’s bad for you. For your waistline, your blood sugar… really, there’s not much good that comes from it.
Aside from the taste of course.
Well, there’s finally some actual good news when it comes to sugar.
Not great news, mind you. But still, it’s a step in the right direction…
In a recent nationwide survey of Americans, more than 7 in 10 are at least reading the label of their foods, looking at the sugar content before buying.
That’s step one.
Step two is wanting to cut the amount of sugar you’re eating each day.
And nearly half of those who responded really want to cut back.
Reading the labels and making careful decisions… well done, people.
But we’re only getting warmed up as a country.
Because the sugar “crisis” is out of control. And getting worse.
Look at this: the WHO and American Heart Association recommend you eat only 25-36g per day of sugar. Which is probably too much to begin with, but it’s someplace to start. This is about 6-9 tablespoons a day.
But the average American eats almost 89g per day… almost 20tb!
Do yourself a favor. Spoon 20tb into a bowl and look at it for a second… and try to convince yourself that putting this into your body each and every day is a good thing. You can’t.
If you want to cut your sugar intake, reading labels is smart. But eating foods without a label is even better.
Because an apple, or a salad, or an egg… no label, and the sugar content is offset by the nutritional value. Most packaged foods have nearly no nutrient value at all.
So I’m glad that people are slowly waking up to the dangers of sugar. And starting to do something about it in their lives.
But to be fully awake, you need to stay away from packaged foods as much as you can.
That means sodas, cookies… really, I doubt I need to spell it out.
Just be careful that you don’t ruin your nice salad with a sugar laden dressing.
Because if you don’t read the label, you can really put a dent in your best efforts to get (and stay) healthy.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance