Yogurt can be a healthy food and a good breakfast or snack choice. However, some brands are heavy on the sugar.
Is sugar addictive? The science seems support it, but most studies have been animal (rat) studies and we all know how hard it is to compare those results with humans.
A look at the Standard American Diet (SAD) at a glance. The graphs tell part of the story but do not provide all the answers to a very complicated issue. Nevertheless, very sad!!
Oh my, what a bad idea. Don’t we have enough sugar-laden snacks? Isn’t there a merit badge for healthy eating? Guess not!
A short quiz on how much we know about sugar in the diet. It’s always a surprise when we realize how much sugar we actually consume every day. For added sugars, look on the ingredient labels. In addition to sugar, look for high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, dextrose, brown sugar, fructose, lactose, fruit juice concentrate, honey, invert sugar, malt syrup, maltose, and molasses, glucose, and raw sugar. Ingredients are listed by weight, so if sugar is listed as the first few ingredients, that product is loaded with it. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar every day. And men should consume less than nine teaspoons per day.
Really?? This is a blatant marketing gimmick. As far as I can tell both sweeteners contain 4 calories per gram. So what’s so good about using sugar over high fructose corn syrup? Taste will tell.
The following article is a very comprehensive and informative review of the sugar content of our diets. Bottom line: It is recommended that we consume no more than 13 teaspoons of sugar a day. It would help a lot if the much needed revised nutrition fact labels would include added sugars. For now, the labels have grams of sugar as total sugars in one serving. Divide that number by four to determine how many teaspoons of sugar that product contains.
Most of the studies on sugars and health has concentrated on diabetes and obesity. Check out this previous post on the seldom mentioned effects of carbohydrates on cancer risk. These studies for obvious reasons are cell or animal studies, but it is nevertheless interesting.