Newsflash – Canadians consume too much sugar!
We consume about 70 lbs of sugar a year. That translates to about 20 teaspoons a day. How can that be? You try and stay away from the sweets. Well, Ok, if we are being honest, you sometimes polish off the leftovers from your kid’s birthday party cake in one sitting, but come on, that’s once a year, right? According to American functional medical practitioner, Dr. Mark Hyman, sugar is more addictive than cocaine!
Guidelines released by The World Health Organization (WHO), recommends that we limit our sugar comsumption to 6 teaspoons a day. That’s 14 teaspoons less than we are currently consuming, on average. You’re thinking to yourself. Hmmph…no problem. I do not eat sugar. Well, guess what? Even if you are one of those black coffee drinkers, you are probably consuming more than you think. I bet it’s even more than the recommended 6 teaspoons/day. And, that’s before we even account for the kids’ birthday party cake incident. Shhhh….
Let’s have a look, starting with breakfast.
For example, you start your day with a bagel with peanut butter and a small strawberry yogurt – for a total of 33 grams of sugar.
At midmorning you have a large cup of coffee from your favourite coffee shop (double/double) – 34 grams of sugar. For lunch you decide to go easy on the calories so you have a salad with Italian vinaigrette and a slice of whole wheat bread – that’s another 14 grams of sugar. For an afternoon pick-me-up you have a can of pop- 39 grams of sugar.
And then for dinner, you have some pasta with grilled chicken and store bought tomato sauce – that’s 9 grams for the sauce and about 2 grams for the noodles.
The GRAND TOTAL: 131 grams of sugar, or 32 teaspoons (roughly ¾ cup)!
Added sugars are hidden in virtually all packaged foods. They go by hundreds of different names, and are added for flavour. When added dietary fat became the devil in the 80s, manufacturers started producing low fat versions of their products. Once they took the fat out, they had to add something else to make sure their packaged products didn’t taste like sandpaper. Guess what they added? Go on, guess…that’s right, sugar. Check it out next time you’re in the grocery store. Look at the ‘nutrition label’. Most often, the lower fat versions of products will have more sugar content than their higher fat counterparts. Sugar has basically become the new fat. The only difference is, fat doesn’t promote fat cravings. Sugar, has been shown to produce more biological cravings for sugar, and also messes the heck out of our metabolism.
Some of the conditions associated with too much dietary sugar intake are obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, depression, headaches, and fatigue. It also derails hormones, which can make you more hungry, cause belly fat storage, and lead to Type 2 diabetes.
Nevertheless, many people might not even know they have a problem. Here are the top five signs that you might be addicted to sugar.
5 Signs You Are Addicted To Sugar
Your moods are unstable. You get a headache, or start to feel emotional if you’ve gone too long without eating. You are experiencing a sugar imbalance. Eating more simple carbs will only fuel this feeling.
You crave carbs. If you feel hungry and someone puts an entire gourmet meal in front of you, it may not satisfy your appetite the way a bagel, bread, or muffin might.
You experience a dip in energy in the afternoon. Sometime around 3-4 pm you feel the urge to visit the Tim’s around the corner from your office, or grab a chocolate bar.
You will eat sugary foods even when your mind tells you no. You see a chocolate bar, you walk away. You don’t want it. Yet 10 minutes later, all that’s left is the empty wrapper.
You NEED a coffee pick me up several times a day. Yes, you are craving the caffeine, but your body is also telling you that it is stuck in a hormonal cortisol cycle, which sends more glucose into your bloodstream!
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