Posted on 10/06/2017 at 09:29 AM by Dena Boelter
Many of us have a sweet tooth or a favorite sugary drink that we reach for when our energy levels are low. However, the amount of sugar that Americans are consuming on average is pretty alarming. Shockingly, the average American drinks 400 calories daily from sugar-sweetened beverages and consumes 2.5 pounds of added sugars each week! This could be due to the fact that sugar has been proven to be 7 times more addictive than cocaine!
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars consumed to no more than 100 calories per day for most American women, or about 6 teaspoons (25g) of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons (36g). The AHA recommendations focus on all added sugars, without singling out any particular types such as high-fructose corn syrup.
There are many valid reasons for limiting added sugar intake. In fact, “too many sugary drinks” is noted as the actual cause of death for 1 out of every 100 people in the U.S. Additionally, sugar speeds up the aging process and can cause your skin to lose elasticity while promoting fat cells and visceral fat around the abdomen.
What you can do to cut back:
- Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help reduce your sugar cravings
- Instead of sugar sodas try Zevia, an all-natural soda sweetened with stevia
- Instead of sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade, try Vitamin Water Zero
- Instead of lemonade or sweet tea try True Lemon brand 100% all-natural lemonade and iced tea mixes
- Instead of 100% fruit juice, try eating the actual fruit
Don’t let sugar affect your quality of life!
Kasey Lockett, Rolling Strong Wellness Coach