Sugar talks

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  Hey everyone,

  Today I would like to talk a bit about sugar stuff. I don’t want to write large posts describing  how bad it is for our health, I honestly feel that I need to write just a few lines about amount of sugar that is recommended for us, some of plausible consequences of its over consumption and provide  a list of products that contain high amount of this product. Just simple facts in order to make information to be clear and straightforward.

 Overall,  the current situation with sugar consumption in the US looks not in the best possible light. According to recent estimations, an average american consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar everyday, while american teens have even a worse situation consuming closer to 34 teaspoons. We all should take into account that eating too much sugar can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Therefore, it can be suggested to look at nutritious facts before making a purchase really carefully. 

 In fact, according to American Heart Association, there are recommendations that are suggested by such organizations for  people to follow. Children are recommended to consume just 3-4 teaspoons per day, adult women up to 5, while adult men 8-9 teaspoons of sugar. 

 Unfortunately, many advertised products  for instance heavily advertised  sodas are overloaded with sugar. Just one 12-ounce can of soda provides us with 10 sugar teaspoons and a 2-litter bottle can give us up to 27 teaspoons. All of information provided clearly shows that even one can of soda can lead to over consumption of sugar. Further, we should not forget that almost all products contain some of its amount  and even without soda we can easily consume too much. So if we decide to limit sugar consumption we  should  definitely use some kind of cardio in order to burn excess amount. 

  Here is the list of products that contain a very high amount of sugar

1. Granulated Sugar and Other Sweeteners (up to 99% of Sugar)

2. Drink Powders and Soft Drinks (up to 94% of Sugar)

3. Candies and Nougat (up to 83%)

4. Dried Fruits (up to 81%)

5. Cookies, Cakes and Pies (up to 71%)

6. Spreads, Jams, Preserves (up to 60%)

7. Ready to Eat Cereals, Cereal Bars and Oatmeal Packages (up to 56%)

8. Different Sauces like Ketchup, Chocolate Syrup and Salad Dressing (up to 50%)

9. Ice Cream, Milk Shakes, Cafe Drinks (up to 26%)

10. Canned Fruit Packed in Syrup (up to 22%)

  All in all, sugar is available in almost all products and cannot be eschewed completely. However, if we try to be fit we should definetely be careful when we decide to buy some of above-mentioned products. 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Sugar talks

  1. Thanks – this a really helpful list. It’s almost impossible / unrealistic to avoid sugar entirely, so it’s good to know how much is generally recommended per day.

  2. Cutting our sugar is hard to do when you’re so addicted to its sweetness. I haven’t tried to cut it out completely, but since I’ve been trying to eat healthier, my aim is to use significantly less (in my cup of coffee) and try to abstain from soda, snacks.

  3. A great summary. I cut out sugar for the most part a while ago. I tend to only eat whole ‘one ingrediant’ foods, and cook my own meals, so it’s much easier to avoid added sugar. Now I love fruits – they are a real treat – the flavours are so much more alive, and I can also taste the sweetness in certain vegetables. I don’t enjoy a lot of the processed foods that I once loved. Once or twice a month I’ll eat food with added sugar. It’s been a challengin process getting here, but I’m so glad that I did!

  4. This is very good information to share! Thanks so much. I’m on my weigh management journey and I realize that sugar is like shards of glass in your blood stream. It’s so hard to resist its seduction sometimes, though. Thanks for the reality check 🙂

  5. Hi Roman. It is astounding how much sugar there is in just about all the foods we Americans eat regularly. And if it’s not packed with sugar it is packed with salt! Speaking as a person who cooks for a large group (many of whom are seriously addicted to sugar) I just want to say that with homemade treats (cookies, cakes, etc.) it is easy to cut the amount of sugar in half and still have a great tasting treat.

    This isn’t a perfect solution. But it’s a start. And I think if I tried to eliminate sugar, I’d get attacked! 🙂

    By the way – Welcome to the US. I think your blog seems like an excellent idea and thanks for dropping by mine.

  6. Wonderful post. There are far too many highly processed, sugary things out there, but the real problem is people are used to consuming things that are far too sweet. When we tell them to avoid sugary soda, many will substitute it with zero calorie sweeteners that are full of chemicals.

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