Americans are unaware of how the food industry has taken a page out of “Big Tobacco’s playbook” by increasing our addiction to sugar - in its various forms under various names.
Let’s start with the obvious. A 12 ounce can of soda has 40 grams of sugar. To put that in terms everybody can understand, 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon of sugar therefore, 12 ounces of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.
So let’s use that metric to see what “healthy” foods are loaded with sugar that we’re not aware of:
• Brand Name orange juice one 8-ounce serving has 22 grams of sugar equals 5+ teaspoons of sugar. So let’s compare this to the soda, 12-ounce serving of orange juice, same size as our soda, equals 8+ teaspoons of sugar.
• Brand Name fruit flavored yogurt a 5-ounce container has approximately 15-18 grams of sugar. That’s almost one teaspoon of sugar per each ounce!
• Like sugar on your burger and fries? Ketchup is 25% sugar. The ingredient list on the bottle is as follows: tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup (sugar), corn syrup (sugar), salt, spice, onion powder, and natural flavorings.
There are a thousand more examples like these on supermarket shelves. Excess sugar consumption contributes to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and liver damage just to name a few.
Cutting down on excess sugar consumption is easy once you’re aware of what’s in your food.
Ennis Murphy is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Join him July 17th at 10am for a Free Seminar, Sugar: The Good, The Bad & The Truth. Click here to register, or visit TwoRiverHealth.com.