Sugar is in everything. A 12 oz bottle of Gatorade has 21 grams of sugar which is almost one day's recommended consumption. In addition to the health impacts, sugar also decreases our ability to perform in our workouts, and causes long-term fatigue. So, let's tackle this one together! We're doing a SUGAR DETOX in our Spring Training starting on March 10th. Join us, won't you?
- 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, (we hope!) 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, our go-to is whatever is fresh, in season, and local.