"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Sugar: It has many guises.

Increasingly, individuals are aware of the hazards of “too much sugar” within the eating regimen. Consuming an excessive amount of sugar can result in a condition called Metabolic syndromecharacterised by hypertension, high blood sugar, unhealthy levels of cholesterol, and Belly fat. Added sugar also contributes to inflammation in an enormous way and even increases its risk. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Consuming an excessive amount of sugar will also be bad to your brain. Studies have shown that excess sugar intake has negative effects. Perceptionand can also be included. hyperactivity And Inattention in children and adolescents.

But what does “too much sugar” appear like? On the one hand, we've got well-known “problem foods” like sugar-sweetened soda, candy, and baked treats. On the opposite hand, we've got naturally occurring sugars in some whole foods (similar to plain yogurt, milk, or fruit) which can be a part of a healthy eating regimen.

Less well-known amongst these are hidden sugars which can be quite common in the common person's eating regimen.

Sugar's hiding places.

You'd be surprised where the added and hidden sugars are present in the foods we eat each day. For example, a spoon from a well-liked brand Tomato ketchup There are 4 grams of sugar, and most of the people add about 3 tablespoons of ketchup to their burgers. The 12 grams of sugar from ketchup alone is more sugar than you'll find in two store-bought servings. Chocolate Chip Cookies, which comprises only 9 grams of sugar! And purchased from the shop. Vegetable juice A single 1-cup (8-ounce) serving looks as if a healthy alternative at just 60 calories — but that single-serving size still comprises 11 grams of natural sugar, regardless that the label doesn't list any added sugar.

Oh Data review A report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that US adults eat 13.4 percent of their calories from hidden sugars, and 17 percent amongst children. The leading sources of hidden sugars in the everyday American eating regimen were snacks and sweets (31%), sugar-sweetened beverages (47%) and soda (25%). Of course, few people will likely be surprised that soda is high in sugar.

What the Experts Say About Hidden Sugar

Until now, we physicians have given dietary advice based on the recently revised eating regimen. My Plate, which reminds us, without going into an excessive amount of detail, to decide on foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. However, one Recent article I Jama Here's a summary of all the present guidelines for sugar intake (I've listed them within the table below). These recommendations offer specific advice on sugar consumption and, unlike previous guidelines, they address added and hidden sugars in foods – a welcome and vital change.

US Department of Agriculture and
US Department of Health and Human Services (2015-2020)
Limit consumption of added sugars to <10% of every day calories
World Health Organization (March 2015) Limit added sugar consumption to <10% of every day calories
American Heart Association (2009). Limit added sugars to five% of every day calories (for ladies, 100 calories per day; for men, 150 calories per day)

Pay attention to those hidden sources of sugar.

Consider these common “sugar traps.”

  • Specialty coffees. Take, for instance, a brand new Starbucks coffee drink. Caramelized honey late. At 340 calories, a “grand” (16-ounce) serving could seem relatively innocuous when once a dessert-like treat. In fact, you would possibly even guess it's on the healthier side since it comprises honey, considered one of the “less evil” sugars. Look just a little closer, though, and also you'll see that it has 45 grams of sugar! That's 180 calories of sugar. This single non-nutritious drink takes you way over your every day sugar limit.
  • honey. Let's also take a look at honey just a little more closely. A study in Journal of the American College of Nutrition He got honey Contains oligosaccharides (a prebiotic that feeds intestinal flora) in addition to small amounts of protein, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols. So one can argue that honey is a healthy ingredient. However, your body breaks down honey—even raw, organic honey—as glucose and fructose. Just like plain old table sugar.
  • Fruit juice. Basically, fruit juice is devoid of the healthy fiber you get from eating fruit and is as a substitute concentrated sugar. A single 8 ounce (1 cup) serving Tropicana Orange Juice It has only 110 calories and 0 grams of fat, but 22 grams of sugar! That 22 grams of sugar is 88 calories — greater than half the calories in your morning glass of juice. And if you happen to're a girl, that's almost your whole sugar-calorie “allowance” for the day using the American Heart Association guidelines above. Think of it one other way, that's the equivalent of 5 ½ teaspoons of sugar. You probably wouldn't add that much sugar to your morning coffee or tea.
  • “AKA” Sugar. To be a sensible label reader, it is advisable know that sugar can go by many names. For example, sugar might also be generally known as: agave nectar, barley malt, dextrose, rice syrup, isomalt, or high-fructose corn sugar.

Know the sugar content of your food.

A healthy eating regimen is wealthy in fresh vegetables and fruit, healthy proteins (grass-fed meat, fish, poultry, and beans), a wide range of whole grains, and healthy oils. Many of those foods contain naturally occurring sugars and are subsequently a part of a healthy eating regimen. But to really eat well, it is advisable be looking out for hidden and added sugars. We also use guidelines for healthy diets, for instance, whole grains, with the understanding that some people can have food sensitivities, while others may limit their eating regimen for various personal and/or scientific reasons. Some prefer to provide up food.

In future blogs, we'll look more closely at sugar in food.

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