Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sugar is NOT So Sweet

Health Risks of Sugar

If you are one of the millions of people who like to pop the top of a soda every morning and throughout the day you might want to rethink what you are putting into your body. I am not talking about natural sugars that are found in fruits and vegetables. I am talking about the added sugars in processed foods.

Sugar has become an epidemic across the world. Most people consume 3 pounds of sugar each week which translates to 3,550 pounds during our lifetime. Added sugar is hidden in everything you eat and drink. Consuming this amount of added sugars in your diet can lead to:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Fatty Liver
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • High Cholesterol

Read your Labels

Start getting into the habit of reading labels on everything you place in your grocery basket.  What you want to look for is a label that has LESS THAN 5% Added Sugar.

Manufacturing companies push and push the commercials and printed ads on how healthy their food products are. 

Let's take Chobani Yogurt for example. In each little container of this "healthy" yogurt you are eating 3 1/4 teaspoons of added sugar.  Doesn't seem very healthy to me.

Other names for sugar to look out for is:
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Sucrose
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup
Daily Allowance of Sugar

Each teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4.2 grams.

I bet if you look in your cupboard or refrigerator and start reading your labels you are going to be shocked at how much sugar you and your family is consuming on a daily basis. 

Any amount of sugar consumed should not go over the chart above. This is going to be a daily challenge for most people because we all have a sweet tooth.  

Consider what you drink during the day. Especially that stop at Starbucks. I bet you drink one or more of the above products and your children are drinking the same thing. Added sugar is in anything that is manufactured. The secret word is "ADDED". This includes but is not limited to:
  • Bread
  • Yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Frozen Pizza
Read your labels and you will be surprised at how much sugar you are really consuming on a daily basis.  The label shows the "Per Serving" amount of sugar that you are consuming.  

For one day try this experiment. Write down every gram of sugar you are eating for one day.  How many teaspoons have you consumed?

Children should not consume more than 3 teaspoons per day of sugar.

But I Don't Eat Sugar

Recognize these colorful little packets of "alternative healthy choices of sugar"? I bet some of you reading this use these manufactured sweeteners and truly believe you are consuming something healthy.  Think again.


Aspartame is a synthetic sweetener made in a laboratory.  Aspartame is found in:
  •  Diet Sodas 
  • Milk Shakes
  • Instant Breakfast Drinks
  • Breath Mints and Chewing Gum
  • Cereal
  • Wine Coolers
  • Pharmaceuticals

There have been 92 different diseases and ailments that are proven to be associated with over ingestion of Aspartame. These include but are not limited to:
  • Increased Epileptic Seizures
  • Increased Depression
  • Increased Irritability
  • Eye issues
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Headaches and Migranes
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety

Our Bodies need Water

Our bodies need water, not sport drinks or soda in order to be healthy.

Here is a surprising fact:  Water has NO SUGAR.

We should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water every single day.  The more water you drink the healthier your body will be.  Our bodies are comprised of 60% water.  Water keeps us hydrated, helps move our circulatory system better, keeps our body temperature normal so we do not overheat.  Water also keeps our digestion system running properly.

It is my hope that those who are reading this article think twice before drinking 6 sodas per day or stopping at Starbucks or getting that Frosty at Wendy's.  

Start drinking water to stay healthy and reduce the risk of getting Diabetes and other dangerous health issues.

Even a glass of water with juice from a lemon is a fantastic health choice. NOTE:  Lemon juice should only come from an actual lemon and not in a plastic container that looks like a lemon.

(c) 2017 MSargent


  1. Awesome article. Very informative. Sugars are bad. The body stores them almost right away.

    1. Thank you Jason. I just don't know if people really understand how bad the added sugars are. It is a huge commitment for people to eat healthy.


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