We’ve all probably heard about the dangers of sugar consumption but do you know how much you’re really consuming and the real impact it has on your health and the health of children?!
In 1970 the average person consumed 4lbs of sugar a year, or 1 teaspoon a day. Today the average person consumes 150lbs per year or 45 teaspoons per day.
Consumption of added sugars has been implicated in an increased risk of a variety of chronic diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, PCOS, ADHD, certain skin conditions, as well as cognitive decline, fatigue, digestive problems, asthma, even some cancers, and other mysterious health ailments. Moreover, it lowers immune function, promotes gut dysbiosis, and fuels inflammation.
Furthermore, there is a fascinating docu-series on Netflix called Rotten with an episode dedicated to sugar. We recommend checking it out to see the political, environmental, and societal effect sugar has on our country and the world.
Quitting sugar doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy the occasional treat, but it does mean that you learn the dangers, recognize added sugar sources, and use strategies to bring sugar consumption down to a reasonable level.
Start small with breakfast. Breakfast sets your energy level and tone for the rest of the day. Instead of sending you or your kids on a blood sugar rollercoaster for the day, start the day with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Moreover, go through your cupboard and start replacing any products in the house that contain high fructose corn syrup.
Common Products with High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Lunch Meat
- Canned Fruit
- Protein Bars
- Salad Dressings
- Peanut Butter
It takes time to adjust but the time to start is now! Quitting sugar is truly one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, your family, and our environment.
Cheers to enjoying good food and good health!
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