Sneaky Sugars: Pure, White and Deadly
Sugars added to common foods could be sabotaging your attempts to lose weight and increase well-being. According to the World Health Organization, refined, added sugars should make up no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake. For women, daily caloric intake should range between 1800 and 2200 calories per day, while men should consume between 2200 and 3000. That means no more than 220 calories of sugar for women, which equates to approximately 7 tsp of sugar. Recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest fewer than 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 for men. Unfortunately, you may be consuming more sugar than you think because of sneaky sugars added to processed foods. In the U.S. the average person consumes between 22 and 30 teaspoons of sugar per day. And if you’re aiming to exercise to burn off excess calories, it would take one hour of walking at 6.43kph to burn off the 330 calories that come from 22 tsp of sugar. Below are some common snacks and their sugar content in teaspoons.
Several diets have proven effective in encouraging weight loss and the successful results were attributed to the reduction in overall sugar consumption. The popularized Atkins diet suggests a high fat low carb diet, while the Japanese diet is no fat, high carb consumption but both reduce or eliminate sugars and sweeteners. Reducing the intake of processed foods will decrease consumption of sugar and sweetener, including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is now is 70% of all processed foods in the United States and although sucrose is used in Australia, many imported foods will contain HFCS. Americans are consuming approximately 63kg of sugar per person per year while Australians aren’t far behind at 42kg per person per year. HFCS is blamed in part for the increase in obesity because it does not cause release of the hormone leptin (sends messages to the brain to suppress the hunger hormone) and fructose can only be processed by the liver **as opposed to glucose sugars and sucrose that can be processed by the blood .
Dr. Lustig – Paleolithic Diet can cure diabetes in one week.
Paleo Diet is low carb, high fibre and a balance of meat and vegetables
Raw food diet can cure Type 1 diabetes in 30 days
Sugar Content of Common Foods by Percentage
Healthy Diet Recommendations
The Monash University Low FODMAP diet (www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap
Sugar: The Bitter Truth, Dr. R. Lustig (YouTube)
Pure, White and Deadly, John Yudkin, Viking, 1972
Typed and edited by Leslie Gray
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