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The Bitter Truth About Sugar

October 2, 2009


Sugar is not your friend.  At least, not if you’re trying to shed a few pounds, stay healthy and slow the aging process.

In other words, if you don’t care about your health, go ahead and keep on consuming the 22 teaspoons of sugar the average American scarfs down each and every day.

The 22 teaspoons that add absolutely nothing in the way of nutrients … the 22 teaspoons that translate into more than 350 empty calories a day.  The 22 teaspoons that the American Heart Association says should be more like 6 to 7 level teaspoons — not the heaping variety.

Yes, the American Heart Association –– a group that has never weighed in on sugar before — is now recommending women consume no more than 100 calories of added sugar daily and men take in no more than 150.  Here’s why, according to the AHA press release:

  • High intake of added sugars is implicated in numerous poor health conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

The simplest way to cut sugar intake is by eliminating soft drinks and other sugary beverages, including designer coffees, that are the prime source of sugar in the American diet.  Just by swapping the soft drinks for water you can save nearly 400 calories a day — 400 calories!

Bottom line: For anyone who wants to drop a few pounds, no sugar is a no-brainer.

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