We all know that it’s important to keep sugar intake, especially processed and added sugars, at a reasonable level to maintain good health.
However, there are many foods and condiments that are hiding high amounts of sugar in them that you likely consume daily. For example, like many of you here in KC, I enjoy great BBQ! However many sauces contain more sugar in a serving than 3 or 4 servings of Oreo cookies! The great thing about being here in the BBQ capital though is we have a great variety of options from local area restaurants so finding something that’s enjoyable and less damaging to our diet is very possible.
There are numerous example of these types of hidden sugars from salad dressings, to fruit juices, to “healthy cereals” and breads. The American Heart Association recommends that men should consume no more than 37.5 grams of added sugar a day and for women its 25 grams. If you’re not careful, you’ll hit that number with your morning bowl of cereal. Don’t get overwhelmed but just remain vigilant, read the back of the labels, look for items that say “no added sugar” and stay informed.
A good way to go about it might be to set a rough limit and think of it as spending sugar points. Maybe instead of ketchup use mustard or another condiment with little or no sugar, instead of a coke have sparkling water. Then at the end of the day you can have that treat and not feel so guilty about it. And remember artificial sweeteners can present a host of their own problems and shouldn’t necessarily be thought of as a get out of jail free card. Cut sugars down and the cravings will go with it in time. I would encourage everyone to do their own research and investigate what may or may not work for your diet.
My next blog will look at Stevia which can be a great, organic alternative to sugar.