Where are my Sugar Mamas at?
If you are like the majority of people, you most likely don't want to know the truth about sugar. If you are like the majority of people, you most likely consume too much sugar.
So, what exactly IS too much sugar? Based on a recent study by a very well known heart association it was found that the average Canadian eats 22 teaspoons of "added" sugars per day. Let me put that number into a bit of perspective for you. 1 teaspoon = 4 grams of sugar. 1 can of coke has 39 grams of sugar.
Health Associations recommend that women should eat no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar each day. Now, we can of course go into this a lot further as there is a difference between the sugars found naturally in fruits compared to the added sugars in candy but I will save that for a future post!
In this post, I will provide you with some tips on how to keep that sugar intake under control so that you are not increasing your risk of tooth decay, heart disease, diabetes and probably what you are all most concerned about as you read this....WEIGHT GAIN!.
LABELS: Flip the packet over. Read the nutritional content. Prepare to be shocked at just how many things sugar is added to. If sugar is in the first 6, maybe consider putting it down.
SECRETS: Sugar is a sneaky little devil and companies have figured out ways to market their products "healthy" by simply changing the way that sugar is listed. High fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, sucrose, brown rice syrup to name a few!
EASY TIGER: Sugar is a chemical. Quitting sugar can have similar effects on our body to drugs. Not fun! My recommendation is slowly try and reduce your sugar intake vs. going cold turkey and cutting it completely.
DRINKS: Be aware that pop is not the only sugar packed beverage out there to avoid. Again, companies are very smart and drinks that are marketed as "healthy" can contain a TON of sugar. Vitamin waters? 8 teaspoons per bottle. Just grab a Coke instead right?
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE sugar and have a massive sweet tooth. One of my all time favourite treats is this gooey mug cake or this chocolate pudding. For me, I would prefer to enjoy a treat that has sugar instead of eating the sugar hidden in my salad dressing because that just seems like a waste!
If you are tracking macros a good number to try and stay below is 50 grams, which over the whole day is really hard to do, but I believe in you! Get creative.
If you have any questions about this I would be more than happy to answer them! Drop me a line.
Stay strong. Be the fire.