I love to have a little bit of sweetness every now and then. I know sugar isn’t very good for me, but to be realistic, I don’t want to cut it out of my diet completely, simply because I’m not on a diet!
Added sugar consists of glucose and fructose. The reason added sugar is bad, is because it has a large amount of fructose. The only organ in the body that can digest the fructose is liver. When have too much added sugar and liver is already full of glycogen, fructose turns in to fat.
Did you know that average American consumes about 18 teaspoons of sugar per day? That is just wild! According to the American Heart Association it is safe to consume 24 grams of sugar per day, which is equal to 6 teaspoons.
Sugar is hidden almost everywhere from salad dressings to cooked meals. However the natural-occurring sugars in fruit, vegetables and dairy products are completely safe to consume. Fruit and vegetables, containing sugar, also provide our bodies with vitamins, minerals, water and fiber.
One of the keys to a healthy life is everything should be in a healthy amount! I personally think it’s much harder to stick to small portions in the US. The size of a “regular” desert in a decent restaurant is about half a pound! That’s not a human portion! Desert is supposed to be tiny!
So far, I am allowing myself a chocolate candy here and there and a cheesecake once in a few weeks and FRUIT, FRUIT, FRUIT…