Of all the offenders, sugar is the biggest. Consumption of the sweet stuff has gone through the roof, with obesity rates trailing closely behind.
On average, Americans consume approximately 130 pounds of sugar each and every year. While the American Heart Association recommends that you limit yourself to no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day, most people are consuming 22 teaspoons per day.
What’s worse is that most kids are consuming 32 teaspoons, putting them even higher than adults despite their lower calorie intake. All of this means one thing: obesity rates are only set to get worse.
We on average are eating about 500 added calories from sugar alone in our diet, which, if removed, would immediately yield a one-pound weight loss per week. So as you can see, by simply removing this offender, you stand to see great results.
Sugar is closely linked to numerous health conditions including hypertension, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, chronic inflammation, depression, headaches, fatigue, and diabetes.
When you consume sugar, your blood glucose level will spike rapidly and this is followed with an increase in insulin. The insulin then begins to remove the excess glucose from the blood, moving it to storage in the muscle, or more often, fat cells.
This leads to a blood glucose drop, which then triggers the consumption of even more sugar. Together, this chain of events sets up a cascade of ever-growing sugar consumption that’s hard to break free from.
We aren’t just talking about added sugar either. Remember sugar is found in hundreds of products in your local supermarket. Start reading ingredient panels to sleuth out sugar. Whenever possible, use Stevia in replacement of sugar or purchase items that use it in place of sugar.
Most Commonly Found In:
- Fruit juice
- Energy drinks
- Energy bars
- Processed meats
- Frozen foods
- And more