I think majority of people understand that sugar is everywhere, and it's almost impossible to avoid. But do you know what makes good sugar good and bad sugar bad? For starters, fruits and vegetables contain natural sugar, this type of sugar is not processed or manufactured which makes it good for you. Natural sugars are filled with water, fiber, and micronutrients that your body needs. In addition, a snickers bar or any type of candy, will be filled with "bad" sugars which are processed...I like to call this, empty sugar; this type of sugar has zero nutrition benefits. What many people don't know is added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet and it can cause damage to your metabolism in the long run. In addition, sugar is a leading source in obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease.
Sugar can be tricky and here's how...when you go to order a strawberry banana smoothie and you look at the sugar content, are you immediately shocked? I personally will not drink smoothies from Smoothie King and here's why. For example, the banana boat 20 oz smoothie contains 77 grams of sugar. The maximum amount of bananas used to make this would be two, two bananas would contain 28 grams of sugar. So where did the other 49 grams of sugar come from? Majority will be from the ice cream added to it, which is not a natural sugar. My point is, pay attention to what your eating or drinking...sugar is the number one source of belly fat and many people don't focus on sugar. Everyone's worried about carbs and fats that they forget about another key ingredient to weight loss or toning.
Here are some things to consider:
*In 2008 research had shown an average of 77 grams of sugar being taken in per day, which equals 19 teaspoons of sugar.*
According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:
Men: 37.9 grams or 9 teaspoons
Women: 25 grams or 6 teaspoons
Sour Patch Kids = 26 grams
8 Ounce of coke = 30 grams
1 Slice of Cookie Cake = 46 grams
Starbucks Grande Caramel Frappuccino = 64 grams
Choose healthier options!
Stay Strong & True to Yourself <3