Are You a Sugar Addict?

Let's talk about sugar.

The average American consumes 126 grams per day. If you aren't sure how much that is, 1 teaspoon is 4 grams. That equals out to 31.5 teaspoons. One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons. A bottle of orange juice has 9 teaspoons. Grabbing a muffin in the morning for breakfast? That has 7-8 grams of sugar.

Yikes! The recommended daily dose of sugar intake is for men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) and for women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons). Are you aware of how much sugar you take in throughout the day? 

You may be asking.. why should I care? Well for starters, sugar is addictive. The more you have it, the more you crave it and consume it. This leads to overeating in general.. and then the weight gain happens. Sugar is leading to be tied to most of the chronic diseases we suffer from as a society: obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, high BP, cholesterol, and even Alzheimer's. I know for me personally, when I eat excessive amounts of sugar I find my face breaking out, I feel more inflamed than usual, I get moody, and I feel out of control with my sugar cravings. 

To get myself back on track, I start to TRACK my food. My challenge to you is to track your food for a day or two on MyFitnessPal. See what the sugar amount totals to for that day. Odds are that it will surprise you.. sugar is sneaky and is put into TONS of things! If you do and find it to be shocking, reach out and let me know. I want to help you stay accountable with lessoning your sugar intake!

-Sam 



Sam Wheeler