Tip 51- Sneaky Sugar Sources

Sugar, while yummy, can wreck a mood faster than getting stuck in traffic.

While it tastes great going down, it dumps a load of sugar into your blood stream, leaving you moody, grumpy and tired. Too much sugar in the morning will drive you to eat more sugar throughout the day. Sugar can also shut down your immune system, leaving your body vulnerable to germs.

I don’t care a lot about the sugar you get from fruit. I’m more concerned with the sugar that is added (in sneaky ways) to your foods. Did you know that ketchup is 30% sugar? Also, there are many “sneaky” names that food manufacturers use to describe sugar. Any word that ends in “ose” is a sugar. For ex: fructose, glucose, maltose, etc.

Weekend tip: Read your labels. All sugar is listed in grams, but none of us know what a gram looks like; so you will need to convert it to teaspoons. Simple math: 4 grams of sugar equal 1 teaspoon. Adults need to limit their sugar consumption to 12 tsps a day or less.

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