Sugar Addictions are

tougher to beat than heroin or cocaine!!  just sayin

Here’s the bottom line:  5 teaspoons of added sugar daily or less, but not more, helps to keep your weight and health in check.

Added sugar means over and above your natural sugar intake, which of course is preferred to added sugar, however also has its own limitations.  Consuming fresh fruit is wonderful, however because of the sugar content of fruit, 2 to 3 pieces daily is sufficient.

If you drink soda pop on a regular basis, that would be the first thing to get rid of.  Sugar free is not your go to in this case either.  It has been proven that the aspartame or whatever you are drinking instead of the sugar causes problems as well with our body chemistry.  Not to mention that it works on our brains in the same way sugar does and contributes to cravings!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a nutrition facts label.  A lot of people are starting to become more interested in reading these labels, but sugar has many different names and so you can be fooled into thinking that you are consuming less than you are:

Agave Nectar or Syrup, Allulose, Caramel, Carob Syrup, Corn Syrup, Demerara, Dextrose, Evaporated Cne Juice, Fructose, Glucose, Jaggery, Malt and Maltose, Muscovado, Raw Sugar, Rice Syrup, Sorbitol, Sucanat, Sucrose and Turbinado are some of the terms used.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here is the scoop on Gatorade and Red Bull.  It’s as bad for you as pop is –  so it should definitely be avoided by children and teens, yet there are many of them who are drinking these on a regular basis!

They pose health risks like obesity, dental caries and heart rhythm problems.  They might be a solution in very hot and humid weather when you are engaged in outdoor activity for any length of time (an hour or more.)

Water should be sufficient for anyone engaging in physical activity and water should be consumed ongoing throughout the day by everyone.  It keeps you hydrated before problems arise, good for your brain, flushes toxins out of your body and all of your cells love a regular intake of water for regeneration.  

And it helps to keep the weight down in many ways. But this is all old news for sure.

Energy drinks do contain sufficient amounts of caffeine which can cause adverse side effects for kids because of their lower body weight and potential lack of tolerance.  It has been noted that children as young as 8 years of age who have consumed an energy drink have experienced increased blood pressure, a racing heart, vomiting, agitation and there has been fatalities in sensitive situations.

Caffeine may also increase the side effects of certain stimulant medications including those used to treat ADHD.

As  I mentioned earlier, even natural sugar intake should be done carefully.  2 to 3 pieces of fruit daily for an adult is sufficient. Anything more and you will see the same effects that added sugars have on our bodies – insulin issues and weight gain for the most part.

Drinking juice should not be a substitute for eating fresh fruit since juice contains an over abundance of natural sugars.  One apple juice box can contain the sugar of 5 apples. Imagine the effect of that on the little bodies that make a juice box part of their daily diet!

so just keep a check on all of those sweet bevies that you are drinking every day……and I will leave the wine and cocktails alone!!!  😀