MemorialCare Health System Watch Out for Hidden Sugars
Excess of Sugar is Harmful to One's Health
There are many reasons why an excess of sugar is harmful to one's health. One major risk of consuming too much sugar is that it may lead to weight gain and obesity which increases the risk of many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
According to recent studies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans now consume 19 percent more added sugar in their daily diet than they did in 1970. Yet, we live in a more health conscious time and society than ever before. A reason for these sugar "highs" may be a result of "hidden sugars" in our food and beverages. Most people are unaware of the added "hidden sugars" they are eating and drinking everyday.
Several health organizations, including the American Heart Association, suggest that added sugar should be limited to no more than 6-7 percent of your total calories. That means if your daily caloric intake is 1,800 — you should have no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar. Many products have 2-3 times that amount of sugar in one serving.
How to Avoid Hidden Sugars
Along with reading ingredient lists, there are other ways you can monitor and limit the amount of sugar you consume:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25.8 million children and adults — 8.3% of the population — have diabetes. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and is a perfect time to become conscious of your sugar intake and begin making simple life-style changes for a happier and healthier future.
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