I hope your day is off to a rockin? good start. And, I am wondering if you would like to participate in a little Body Sass? experiential learning activity. The activity goes like this. You stop at the market today, and, while you?re food shopping, pick up 170 pounds of sugar. So, that would be THIRTY-FOUR 5-lb. bags of sugar. Then the average American would be all stocked up for the year, because that is our annual sugar intake, on average. And remember, if you?re shopping for your family of four, then you need to pick up 680 pounds, or 136 5-lb. bags. Phew! Guess you?ll be shopping in your 18-wheeler tonight.
?Laurie Warren, you crazy woman, I don?t eat that much sugar!? Well, two things. Thing number one is that most people are very unaware of all the places that sugar hides in our foods and drinks. Thing number two is that for every American that only eats 5 pounds of sugar a year, there is also one who eats 295 pounds a year. (Blech!) And this sweetly deceptive food additive is MASSIVELY eroding our health, and contributing heavily to a widespread epidemic of chronic disease?heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ADD/ADHD, obesity are just a few.
I could write a whole chapter, or a whole book, just on sugar, and several folks already have written whole books just on sugar and its impact on our health because it?s a GINORMOUS problem. If kids just cut their sugar intake in half and took in 500 mg of omega-3 fats per day, their behavior, cognition, concentration, and health would increase significantly.
?But how much is okay? And, when I look at the label and it says ?28 grams of sugar?, I have no idea what that means. What the heck does a gram look like??
Great Qs, and I am going to hook you up with some easy-to-use answers.
Takeaway #1: The average woman should take in no more than 8 teaspoons of sugar per day and the average man, no more than 9. Kids? 4-5 teaspoons per day.
Takeaway #2: Now, let?s turn that ?gram thing? into something more instructive. Four grams equals about one teaspoon of sugar. So, take the number of grams listed on the package, divide by 4, and that?s the number of teaspoons. For example, if you take our example of 28 g of sugar and divide by 4, that item contains 7 teaspoons of sugar PER SERVING. If there?s 2.5 servings in the bottle, then your answer is about 18 teaspoons in the bottle. So little Billy just took in 4 times what a safe limit is for the day, in ONE BEVERAGE. Learning how to do this math, and using it every time you buy something is the most important learning take-away in this blog post.
The vast majority of my clients & students make health-changing amendments to their food choices, simply by using those two guideposts. If nothing else, it simply helps you become more aware of what you are eating. And awareness is truly sweet, as opposed to deceptively sweet. 😉
The trouble is, that even WITH sweet awareness, sugar is actually chemically addictive?not much less so than cocaine. Yeesh! If you?re interested in understanding why check out this great TedX video!
The food you eat builds your body, every day, for better or for worse.? Make choices for health!
Love & health,