Did you know that there is 33 grams of sugar in a can of soft drink? This is DOUBLE the recommended daily intake just in one beverage! That equates to 3.5 grams of sugar per mouthful! That is almost a teaspoon!!
In a recent article, the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugar you should eat in a day is:
-Men 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons)
-Woman 25 grams (6 teaspoons)
The recently released “That Sugar Film” is a good educative generic message to the public about the affects of a high sugar diet in a relatively ‘healthy’ individual.
It follows one man’s (Damon Gameau) journey to discover the affects of a high sugar diet on a ‘healthy body’, consuming only foods that are regarded as ‘healthy’ (ie. no fast food or soft drink in the general community.
The results of 60 days of consuming 40 grams of sugar per day were:
-Damon had put on 9 kg of body fat and 10 cm around his waist (pre-dominantly visceral fat which is the dangerous form of fat that stores around your organs).
-He was showing rapid signs of feeling moody, tired and lethargic all day (experiencing sugar highs and lows).
-He developed full-blown fatty liver disease.
-Was well on his way to showing signs of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
-Increase in blood pressure (due to the build up of plaque and bad cholesterol in his arteries).
It was astounding to the viewer as to how much sugar is in basic accessible foods that the general public consume daily such as yogurts, cereals and juices.
So how do I reduce my chances of developing lifestyle diseases?
All you need to do is eat what our ancestors did, it is that easy! So try to predominantly consume vegetables and fruits (ideally those that are in season,) meats (dark and light), nuts, seeds and other good fats (such as coconut oil and avocado). To find some simple and extremely tasty paleo recipes, sign up for Paleo Health Coach Leah Follett’s newsletter here!
By minimising your sugar intake to the bare minimum and thinking of your sugars to be mainly vegetables and some fruits, you will be on your way to a disease-free, energetic and happy life full of vitality!
“Sugar isn’t evil, but life is so much better when you get rid of it.”