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How Sugar Adds Up

Sugar is a hot topic these days. Since the release of the documentary Fed Up revealed how out of hand the sweet industry has gotten, the dangers of sugar have taken the health-world spotlight. And for good reason – we consume way too much sugar on a daily basis. In fact, the new dietary guidelines just lowered the recommended daily amount to 10% of your daily calories, which means about 50 grams for a 2,000 calorie diet. Many people (including the American Heart Association) think even this is too much.

How Sugar Adds Up

To put it into perspective, 50 grams is 10 teaspoons.

  • There are 31 grams in a 12 oz can of Coke
  • There are 10 grams in 2 slices of Country Wheat bread.
  • There are 27 grams in a Tall (Small) Vanilla Latte from Starbucks made with 2% milk.
  • There are 12 grams in a bowl of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal.

I assume you get the picture. Those grams add up to 50 very quickly (and you ideally should aim for less than 50 per day… really).

My brother recently sent me this link with several surprising sugar comparisons of some popular “healthy” foods. There have been a bunch of this type of article circulating, but I hadn’t seen this one and I think it is definitely worth sharing.

From http://thechive.com/2016/02/05/what-has-more-sugar-really-16-photos/

From: http://thechive.com/2016/02/05/what-has-more-sugar-really-16-photos/

For example, did you know a bowl of Raisin Bran has more sugar than a bowl of Froot Loops?

From: http://thechive.com/2016/02/05/what-has-more-sugar-really-16-photos/

From: http://thechive.com/2016/02/05/what-has-more-sugar-really-16-photos/

And a cup of Activia Yogurt has more sugar than 2 Krispy Kreme donuts?

Definitely take a peek at these comparisons and see how what you eat adds up. Now this isn’t to say that the “healthier” option doesn’t have more nutritional benefits than its junk food comparison, in some of these photos that is the case. (So don’t just go out and eat 2 donuts for breakfast because it is less sugar than what you had been eating before…that isn’t the point). The point is to open your eyes to how much sugar you consume in a day and once you know, you can start slowly minimizing those amounts.

Lowering your sugar isn’t always easy, but it will most likely lead to weight loss, better skin, an increase in energy, and more awesome health benefits! It is worth it!

If you need help accomplishing this or want to talk about options, send me a note and we can chat!

Are you surprised by any of these comparisons? Have you made any healthy swaps lately?

2 Responses so far.

  1. Meredith says:

    I never thought to check sugar content on ‘healthy’ foods but after reading this I went to the fridge and saw that my nonfat yogurt had almost a full day’s worth of sugar!! Yikes – time to pay attention!

    • coachphoebe says:

      Yogurt was definitely a shock for me too! Now I get unsweetened plain yogurt and add fruit or sometimes a little maple syrup. Even with that you usually add less than what is added in the sweetened varieties!

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