Does that morning donut leave you craving another baked good two hours later? Do you grab a candy bar to cope with your afternoon slump–and then reach for a cola to get out of your post slump-slump? Here are-
A single slice of cake has approximately 11 grams of sugar; a single cookie has over 6 grams; a single serving of potato chips may be low in sugar, but has almost 11 grams of fat, and barely any protein. A regular sized snickers bar has 30 grams of sugar, the king size has 54 grams! To wrap up the list–one can of Cola has 33 grams of sugar!
One of the most important factors to look for in foods and drinks is the sugar content, which means you need to be able to distinguish between added sugars and natural sugars. The most common natural sugars to look for on the ingredient list is glucose, fructose as well as galactose. Glucose is the most important energy source your body uses. Fructose is found in fruit and honey. Galactose is the building block of milk. All of these are natural and beneficial to the body. It is important to remember fruit and dairy products provide us with a ton of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
Added sugar includes white sugar (sucrose), high fructose corn syrup, as well as other sweeteners. These go into products like soda, energy drinks, salad dressings, cakes, and reduced fat peanut butter. The majority of added sugars doesn’t supply any nutritional value and are considered empty calories.
In a 2008 study, on average, 60 POUNDS of sugar per year, not including fruit juices, are consumed per person!! The study also broke it down per person to 76.7 grams PER DAY=19 teaspoons=306 calories! The recommended intake on a daily basis, if any, for Men: 150 calories=37.5 grams=9 teaspoons and for Women: 100 calories=25 grams=6 teaspoons.
Trying to read a nutrition facts panel can make your head spin. The nutrition label also only lists the sugar as combined, not separating added sugar. So always check the ingredients list! Just write down these key words to keep your eye out for: Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dehydrated cane juice, and maltodextrin. And the closer the word is to the top of the list, the more there is of it.
In regards to chips–baked potato chips and tortilla chips tend to be lower in calories and fat than fried chips, although they still may contain high sodium levels. Unsalted whole-wheat pretzels and air-popped popcorn are great options! They are low fat, low calorie, and they provide extra fiber.
Remember the above 5 C’s to avoid for a healthier lifestyle also go with the 3 C’s of Life—
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