What is it about sugar that makes the majority of us weak in the knees? ( I’m talking about myself, of course.) It just can’t be that it tastes good. A lot of foods taste good.
If you are at all interested in nutrition then you know by now that sugar is just plain ole bad for you. Excessive consumption of it causes belly fat, mood swings and elevated blood sugar. It feeds tumors, encourages wrinkles, etc. etc. etc. Not good!
Food companies have perfected ways of hiding it in the ingredient list of processed foods. Sugar is called maltodextrin, glucose, fructose, ethyl maltol, dextrin, carob syrup, lactose, rice syrup, barley malt and of course high fructose corn syrup. These are just a few of the many names. Companies are well versed at using the different names of sugar in the same ingredient list. When it is listed as the 15th, 16th or 17th ingredient then it doesn’t sound like the food contains much sugar but when you count up all the different kinds of sugars the amount quickly adds up. As a result if you aren’t looking at the label and checking the ingredients, sugar grams and portion sizes, then eating processed foods often means eating a lot of hidden sugar. (Plenty of times the food isn’t even that sweet tasting and it sure doesn’t satisfy a sweet tooth.)
Most nutritionists say your goal should be eating no more than 15 to 35 grams of sugar per day. When you start counting that isn’t much.
Whatever it is we think about sugar most of us probably need to spend some time considering how much we consume. We will probably find out we are eating an excessive amount. You may need to cut out sugar completely for a period of time in order to “reset” your taste buds. Some can just cut back and learn how to eat it in moderation.
But, the bottom line for the majority of us is, “Yikes! it tastes great, it’s how my mom rewarded me when I ate my peas, it’s how I reward myself when I do a good job and it’s how I make myself feel better when I feel sad.”
That’s a lot of power to give one food ingredient. Let’s take control!