Sugar is everywhere. It’s loaded into our soft drinks and candy; we add it to our coffee in the morning; it’s hidden in frozen foods and soups; and even in health drinks that are supposed to be so good for us. Sometimes we splurge at a party or family gathering, which is fine at times, but it’s vital to watch your daily intake to stay as healthy as you can, feel the best you can, and to live long healthy life. Sugar is sweet and fine in moderation, but too much of it is a culprit of obesity or excess weight, which can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. Too much sugar in one’s diet is also said to block vitamin C from being absorbed, and is considered to drain one of vital energy to the point of exhaustion. This article will show you a simple way to count sugar to keep it in a safe range for better overall health.
Look for the nutrition facts label on all prepared food products, which lists the grams of sugar (such as 29g), then look at the serving size, which is the amount containing the total grams. ( not the total amount of the container ) If the serving size is a half a cup and you eat a whole cup, you will have to double the number: for 29gs, it would then go up to 58gs.
Determine how many teaspoons of sugar you add each day to coffee, cereal, etc. Each teaspoon of sugar is 5.3 grams, so if you add 3 teaspoons of sugar to your food a day, that comes to 15.9 grams of added sugar.
Look at the nutrition labels of all food you buy. Many people are surprised that sugar is even in frozen food and added to fruit juices.
Every time you eat something, write down the grams and keep track of them. Alternatively, you can plan all your meals and calculate your sugar intake in advance.
Add the amount of added sugar you use to make cookies, cake, etc. If you make 30 cookies and it takes 1 cup of sugar to make the cookies, then you divide the amount of cookies by by the total grams in a cup of sugar (which is 200 grams). For instance, 30 cookies at 200 grams would be 6.7 grams of sugar per cookie.
Count as you go to keep your sugar intake low, because if you add it up at the end of the day, you will most likely go over the range of acceptable intake. For an average person, the acceptable intake is only 40 grams or 40g per day. Referring to the cookie example above, if you start you day off with 6 cookies at 6.7 grams, you have just met the amount acceptable for the day of 40.2 grams.
Count the grams of sugar in soft drinks, which can be as high as 50 grams per can, or ten teaspoons of sugar, which is over the acceptable range. It’s alright for most people to exceed the acceptable range now and then, but by maintaining a high sugar intake, such as having several soft drinks every day, can be dangerous for your long-term health.
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