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We're talking about... Sugar

We're Talking About Sugar blog post via Fly Feet Running

I’m known on the team as the healthy-eating guru who is not afraid to tell you to put down that dessert. All jokes aside though, it’s because I know what sugar intake can do to your health. So if you’re trying to get healthier, fit into that smaller pant size, and want to avoid health-issues it’s all about limiting your sugar.

In our house, we limit added sugar to somewhere between 0 and about 3 teaspoons. What does 3 teaspoons of added sugar look like?  A full fat plain yogurt with a little stevia or dab of honey, maybe a nut butter and carrots. It takes dedication, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy!

We're Talking About Sugar blog post via Fly Feet Running

UGAR FACTS

  1. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which is metabolized into fat. Not good! Countries like China, Israel, India, and Ukraine consume an average of 5 teaspoons.
  2. The recommended limit of sugar is 6 teaspoons, according to The World Health Organization based on 5% of daily calories.
  3. The US will soon have a new labeling law, which will list the added sugar, this will be shocking when you actually read it.
  4. Overconsumption of sugar is responsible for 40% of all healthcare expenditures, think obesity and diabetes.
  5. Heart Disease is more likely to occur in people who consume 21% of their daily calories from sugar.

 

TIPS TO LIMIT YOUR SUGAR

  1. No more processed foods.  These have significant amounts of added sugar but you won’t know it until the label law goes into effect.
  2. Pass on the soft drinks instead reach for water. If you need a little flavor try fresh lemon and mint.
  3. Use Stevia as a replacement when you cook or bake.
  4. Eat fruit for something sweet if you are craving it, my go-to is whatever is fresh, in season, and local.  
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