Anything in moderation is okay. But moderation is very “subjective”. A marathon runner may think that a 7 mile daily run is moderate. I think it is insane, but I am not a runner.I know people that drink a 6 pack of beer daily and consider that moderate, because it is done throughout a 24 hour period. Hmmmmmm. Well, let’s talk about sugar. We all know the toxic effects sugar has on our bodies and consequently, our health. But what is too much? If we could keep our intake to 25 grams, it would be a non-issue. But since the average person is consuming 1/3 of a pound daily, which is 5 ounces or 150 grams, it has become a huge issue. And that is only an average – many people eat twice that. Cutting out a few desserts will barely make a dent in the “standard American diet“. Processed foods are a huge business with enormous profit margins. High fructose corn syrup is used virtually in all processed food, because it is so cheap. Manufacturers have no incentive to market whole foods, unless the consumer stops buying processed and demands whole foods. Unfortunately, a common lunch staple for many kids is, Oscar Mayer Lunchables. Just one box of crackers with processed turkey and American cheese contains 36 grams of sugar. Sugar is also loaded in their fruit juices. Even infant formulas contain the equivalent of a can of Coca-cola. How outrageous is that?! The answer is obvious. Start and maintain a diet of only natural, whole foods and avoid all processed foods and sweetened beverages. I must admit, I too, have a sweet tooth. My favorite sweetener is stevia and I prefer the liquid form. By drastically reducing sugar consumption, you will be on your way to finding the “miracle cure” that everyone seeks.
- Kids consume too much added sugar, the CDC says (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Sugar Is a Poison (chroniclesofadiabetic.wordpress.com)
- The Scoop on Sugar and Sugar Substitutes (everydayhealth.com)
- America’s Addiction: Sugar Sugar–Pure White and Deadly–Fructose Is Poison–Are You A Sugar Addict?–Videos (raymondpronk.wordpress.com)
- Kids get more added sugar from foods than drinks: U.S. study (vancouversun.com)