Many people buy food in trying to understand the food product nutrition, but encountered confused situation, 80% of customers will encounter each other nutritional data contradict, and 59% uncertain food choices they make for the family. The only certainty is that they want consumers through select food products to improve health.
American adults consume an average of 77 grams of sugar per day, which is more than three times the recommended intake for women. That is, about 60 pounds of sugar are added every year-equal to six 10-pound bowling balls, which is worse for children. American children consume 81 grams per day, which is about 65 pounds of sugar each year. Only 30 gallons of added sugar have been consumed from beverages, which is enough to fill the bathtub! Where do these added sugars come from?
Beverages are the main source of added sugars (47% of all added sugars):
- Soft drinks – 25%
- Fruit drinks – 11%
- Sports/energy drinks – 3%
- Coffee/tea – 7%
Snacks and desserts are the second largest source of added sugar, accounting for 31%.
How does the body react to so much sugar?
It is very tempting to solve with sugar substitutes. For example, products made with honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or tobinac, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and glucose are considered healthier. Don't be fooled! Your body will definitely not be fooled! Regardless of the source, too much sugar is too much sugar.
Everything depends on the speed of sugar absorption. For example, due to the high fiber content, your body will spend more time digesting apples, so the absorption of natural sugars will be slower. On the other hand, the added sugar in soda immediately enters your system like a bomb. All this excess sugar is converted into calories faster. Not good for the body system!
If you do not want to consume calories, it is best to choose plant-based sweeteners such as stevia or monk fruit. According to published research, these sweeteners are “generally considered safe”, and this conclusion has been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Recommended by the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association recommends sugar intake:
- Men's daily intake of added sugar should not exceed 9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories).
- For women , this number is even lower: 6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) per day. For example, a 355ml can of soda has 32 grams of added sugar! One sip equals the amount of one day.
The good news is that sugar-adding information is becoming more extensive and transparent, and many American adults are eager to change. 77% of Americans are working hard to reduce the sugar in their diet. 7 out of every 10 consumers are willing to give up their favorite sugary products in favor of healthier alternatives. The best defense method is to start with education.
In the United States, food manufacturers must list the amount of added sugar on the nutrition label by mid-2021 or earlier, depending on the size of the company. A recent analysis found that the label may prevent nearly one million cases of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in the next two decades. Listing the total amount of added sugar means that consumers will no longer need to search for many different aliases for added sugar to try to determine how much sugar is added to a food or beverage.
So please read these labels carefully and realize that no matter what cunning alias you use, added sugar is added sugar!