We received a lovely newsletter from our friends from the SOS Mentor group that works to help teach our youth how to incorporate more nutritious foods into their diets and add healthier habits like yoga and meditation into their life. If you are unaware of this group please check out their website by clicking the link below.
In their newsletter they shared this video from NutritionFacts.org which provides information about the recommended amount of sugar intake and how much we are all truly consuming.
Why is sugar such an important topic to cover?
Well, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) over one third our the world's adult populations is obese and in 2015 there were an estimated 42 million children under the age of five who were diagnosed as over weight or obese.
Sugar, of course, is not the only reason for this increase, the lack of physical activity across the board also plays a role. However, the consumption of "free sugar" that which is added to our foods or that naturally exists in syrups and honeys does contribute greatly to our obesity issue.
Added sugars are empty calories - there is no nutritional benefit to consuming them and yet Americans and those all over the world are eating sometimes FIVE times the amount that is recommended.
In watching the video from NutritionFacts.org posted above- look at those final graphs... the WHO only wants 5-10% of your daily calories from added sugars and we are consuming far greater amounts.
Okay - now we know so lets all just quit sugar, right?
Well as the article posted by Huffington Post back in 2015 stated, that may be harder than we think.
Sugar effects our brain and when we eat it, we want more. We all agree sugar is pretty delicious, and those added sugars aren't doing anything to fill us up, so we go for seconds.
It is a pretty vicious cycle and hard to avoid with over 74% pf our packaged goods containing added sugars.
So what can we do?
Cut out the sugary drink first.
Truthfully they are the worst, consumed fast and contain more than one's daily recommended sugar intake.
Then start to read labels.
Find products that have less than 5 g of sugar per serving.
Incorporate as much whole foods as you can and start making your own sauces and dressing to be able to control the amount you add.
The WHO recommends 100 calories of added sugars or less for women and 150 calories or less for men.
Just remember that sugar is not the sweet friend it pretends to be...
If health is your goal sugar is definitely a foe.