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!
- 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.
- The recommended limit of sugar is 6 teaspoons, according to The World Health Organization based on 5% of daily calories.
- The US will soon have a new labeling law, which will list the added sugar, this will be shocking when you actually read it.
- Overconsumption of sugar is responsible for 40% of all healthcare expenditures, think obesity and diabetes.
- Heart Disease is more likely to occur in people who consume 21% of their daily calories from sugar.
TIPS TO LIMIT YOUR SUGAR
- No more processed foods. These have significant amounts of added sugar but you won’t know it until the label law goes into effect.
- Pass on the soft drinks instead reach for water. If you need a little flavor try fresh lemon and mint.
- Use Stevia as a replacement when you cook or bake.
- Eat fruit for something sweet if you are craving it, my go-to is whatever is fresh, in season, and local.