Guest Post: Facts About Sugar and What You May Not Be Realizing When Eating It

Sugar is sweet. Sugar makes everything nice to eat. Who doesn’t love desserts? Doughnuts, cakes, ice cream, cupcakes and brownies are sure to make your mouth water. Even if you do not have a sweet tooth, these delectable sweets will still make you want to take a bite.

Sugar may make food taste better; however, it has several negative effects on the body. Too much sugar can lead to a variety of health risks.

Sugar Consumption

From 2009 up to 2017, the sugar consumption throughout the world has increased from 154.1 metric tons to 173.6 metric tons. The amount of sugar that people consumer today has increased greatly compared to one hundred years ago. Why is there an increasing trend? What makes sugar appetizing to most people?

The answer is in the lifestyle of many sugar consumers. The truth is sugar can be everywhere; it is in nearly every dish that we eat, in every drink we consume, and in every snack we taste.

Some of the most common foods we consume filled with sugar are:

Juice drinks

“100% Natural.” “Real Fruit.” “No Artificial Flavors.” These are some of the most common tags you read on many juice boxes or cartons. However, you cannot be sure if they are indeed “real.” The tastes of these juices have become standardized with the help of added sugar and flavors.

Alternative: Instead of purchasing ready-to-drink juices, try juicing fruits yourself. It may be costly at first, but it is beneficial in the long run. This way, you are sure that the sweetness is from the real fruits and not from added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Cereals 

Breakfast cereals can be packed with as much as 28 grams of sweetness, even if they are intended for children.

Alternative: Switch to healthier alternatives such as sugar-free granola as well as muesli, which has a lower sugar and fat content compared to cereals.

Yogurts

47 grams, or 12 teaspoons of sugar is present in many flavored yogurts. Sweetened yogurts or those with “real fruit” have added sweetness.

Alternative: Plain yogurts may not be sweet, but they still contain sugar from the milk. However, it is healthier than sweetened or flavored yogurts. Try mixing real fruit such berries, mango or peaches into plain yogurt to minimize additional sugar intake.

Salad Dressings 

Salads are said to be healthy; however, their dressings contribute to the increase in the daily intake of sugar. Many dressings contain at least seven grams of sugar for each serving.

Alternative: Eating salad may not be as enjoyable when it does not have enough flavors. As a healthier alternative to processed salad dressings, you can make your own dressing using balsamic vinegar, lemons and olive oil. If all else fails, select a dressing that has the smallest sugar content.

Bread 

White bread is not the only type of carbohydrate that is packed with sugar. Even the wheat and multigrain varieties contain added sugar. Each slice can contain around 16 grams of sugar.

Alternative: Spelt bread and rye bread are great alternatives to white and multigrain breads because of their glycemic index or GI.

Unsuspecting people may think they are simply eating the right food; however, they are unwittingly eating an extra dose of sugar. This is the reason why the global sugar intake keeps on increasing.

The Effects of Sugar on Our Body

Based on a daily 2,000-calorie diet, Americans consume 320 calories due to sugar intake. These are in the form of desserts, sodas, coffee drinks, and more. Failure to control sugar intake has various effects on the body such as:

 

  • Health Risks – Foods high in sugar can cause a person to become more at risk of becoming obese. A person who has too much sugar in his or her diet also has a higher chance of developing heart diseases as well as diabetes.

 

  • Oral Health – Eating sugary treats can cause tooth decay, especially if you do not practice proper dental care. The longer the sugar sits on the teeth, the higher the risk of developing cavities.

 

  • Behavior – Sugar affects a person’s behavior. It contributes to an increase in a person’s stress. As you eat cake or anything sugary, your blood sugar increases. When something goes up, it must come down. Therefore, when your blood sugar spikes, it also plummets eventually. As a result, the drop also releases hormones that contribute to stress. This makes you feel anxious, stressed out, jittery, and irritable.

With these health hazards, those extra desserts that you usually have may cause more damage in the future. You may not be realizing that the food you eat may contain sugar that exceeds your daily dietary requirement.

About Jessica Wilson

Jessica is a professional health expert who works for some major health industry giants. She currently writes for Membersown and is dedicated to helping people learn more about health related topics along the journey. When she’s not a health advocate, she enjoys some down time traveling or talking with family.

Note from Rachel: I love bringing different expertise’s and perspectives to the blog that my readers will like. If you want to contribute a post, email betterlivinblog@gmail.com. 

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