Sugar is evil!

You may have heard it before but we've been so focused on fat and carbs that we may have overlooked sugar as the culprit of many health problems.  Sugar is not only in the obvious cakes, cookies, candy but it's in our everyday foods as well.  Many unexpected packaged foods have sugar as one of the main ingredients.  Sugar is empty calories so it doesn't have any nutritional value.  If you eat too much sugar, it can prevent you from having nutrient dense foods.  Research shows that high sugar intake is correlated to high lipid levels, diabetes, and obesity.  Check your food labels- cereal, yogurt, bread, fruit drinks, smoothies, energy bars, dried fruit.  It may not say "sugar" so look out for these code words for sugar- corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, honey, brown rice syrup, maltodextrin, molasses, etc.  This doesn't mean you can't have foods that contain these additives, just be aware of your total intake per day.  The recommendation is no more than about 8-9 teaspoons of sugar per day.  To put this in practical use, 1 teaspoon is about 4.2 grams of sugar.  A good goal is choose foods that have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.  Now don't get confused with natural sugar, like fruit and milk sugars.  These sugars have nutritional value and are a part of a healthy diet.  Just make sure you are having everything in moderation when it comes to any carbohydrates whether it's a natural sugar or a processed sugar.
Sack of sugar
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