I thought this would be an appropriate topic right after Halloween! Re-think your actions before you over-indulge in the bowl of candy..
Our bodies need sugar, but Americans are consuming WAY too much. Stick to non-processed foods as much as possible to avoid excessive sugars, even though this might be challenging! We are surrounded by processed foods through the media, in grocery stores, and in most of our own homes. We need to start nourishing our bodies and treating them right– not like garbage cans.
Sugar is hidden in unlikely foods, from salad dressing to crackers. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends most women get no more than 24 grams of added sugar per day. That’s about six teaspoons, or 100 calories. However, the average American woman eats about 18 daily teaspoons.
In the past four years, cereal brands have cut back on sugar, the milk industry recently lowered amounts in the chocolate milk served in schools, and Walmart is aiming for 10% less added sugar in select foods by 2015.
Sugar takes a devastating toll on your health. In fact, excessive sugar consumption may be the largest factor underlying obesity and chronic disease in America
For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/health/sugar-bad/index.html?hpt=he_c2 By Aviva Patz, Health.com