Is Sugar Poison??

Sugar Poison

It seems a little extreme to us to call sugar poison, but we can see the point they’re trying to make.

So how can something so delicious be so bad for us?

Well, it’s only really bad if you have a lot of it… which is pretty much the case with anything. If you’re over-eating something, that’s not good!

Anyway, people are calling sugar a ‘poison’ because all forms of it can be a key contributor to a lot of our diet-related diseases and conditions: obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

This include artificial sweeteners!

The newest study is saying that about 16 percent of the total calories in American diets comes from added sugar. You know, like in soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, cakes and cookies, sugar-sweetened fruit drinks, ice cream and candy.

But, what we said earlier is confirmed by nutrition scientist Dr. David Katz, the well-regarded founding director of Yale University Prevention Research Center:

“It’s important to highlight that we get ourselves into trouble whenever we focus on one dietary attribute exclusively and ignore all the rest. It’s not sugar that’s the poison, but the dose that makes the poison.├óΓé¼┬¥

Moderation is key!!

We always say it, but it’s true!!

We’ll leave you with some ways to cut your sugar intake:

Sidestep soda. Instead of grabbing for a sugary drink, hydrate with club soda, seltzer, plain or sparkling water, or unsweetened iced tea — all of these can be sweetened naturally with some fresh fruit or veggie slices or a splash of 100 percent fruit juice.

Look past the lump. Sugar grams listed on Nutrition Facts panels on packaged and processed foods and beverages lump naturally occurring sugars — lactose in milk and fructose in fruit — and added sugars together. Until that changes, rely on ingredients lists to know whether the product you are purchasing contains added sugars.

Learn the lingo on labels. Although it’s no surprise that baked goods, dairy products like flavored milk and yogurt, salad dressings, sauces, and condiments have added sugar, some sources like whole wheat bread, peanut butter, and crackers may seem less obvious. Look for the following terms on ingredients lists—they all spell sugar: high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, raw sugar, malt syrup, maple syrup, pancake syrup, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose, honey, molasses, anhydrous dextrose and crystal dextrose.

Find your sweet spot. Before you reach for dessert, have some fresh or frozen fruit or some unsweetened low-fat milk or yogurt to fill you up before you dig in. Choose only the sweets you love most, and stick to a small portion, such as a few bites of cake or ice cream, one small cookie, or small square of chocolate. If you go overboard on added sugars, know that you’re human; cut calories elsewhere that day and try to avoid a sweet attack the next day.

Good luck!

[Image via AP Images.]

May 11, 2012 10:00am PDT

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