The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than 37.5 grams of added sugar (equal to 9 teaspoons and 150 calories) per day. Women should not exceed 25 grams (6 teaspoons or 100 calories). “Added” sugars are sugars added to foods and beverages when they are processed. Natural occurring sugars, like those in fruit, are not included. The smoothie that I made for myself this morning contained a whopping 53 grams of sugar! The good news is that only 13 grams came from “added” sugars. The rest were naturally occurring sugars contained in the fruit added. That’s still a lot of sugar any way you digest it! Here’s how it added up:
2 ½ oz. of Unsweetened Almond Milk 0 grams
8 oz. of Frozen Blueberries 10 grams
5.5 oz. of Frozen Strawberries 9 grams
4 oz. of Frozen Pineapples 7 grams
4 oz. of Greek Yogurt with Honey 12 grams added
1 Medium Banana 14 grams
1 Scoop of Protein Powder 1 gram added
53 grams total
Two excellent documentaries on sugar consumption come to mind. “That Sugar Film” (2015 - www.thatsugarfilm.com), by Damon Gameau, highlights one person’s journey to measure the effects of sugar consumption from foods that are perceived as “healthy.” “The Secrets of Sugar” from the Science Channel earned “Best Documentary 2015” (https://youtu.be/-8eQ_8Jogcw). It shows how Big Food rivals the nefarious tactics of the tobacco industry. The meteoric rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes have been in lockstep with the rise in sugar consumption. The food industry’s efforts have been, much like tobacco’s, focused on: undermining the findings, obfuscating reality (focus on fat content), intimidating opponents, and subverting legislation - all while millions of Americans suffer and die from the poisonous effects of added sugar.
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