Sugar, when consumed in its recommended amounts isn’t as bad as we think it is. However, having even just a little more than suggested to consume, can have detrimental effects. Right now sugar is seen as the bad guy. Although we actually do need some sugar, as it’s our bodies preferred fuel source, because we are eating way too much of it, it is poison to us, and it is killing us.
I just want to be clear here. In this article I am not referring to the natural sugar that is found in fruits, some dairy products and even some vegetables. I am referring to added sugars.
It is recommended that an adult woman (without any health issues such as diabetes) should not consumer more than 24 grams of ‘added sugar’ a day. This equates to 6 teaspoons. The average consumption at the moment, is about 3 times the recommended amount.
There are links between consuming excessive amounts of added sugar and health implications such as cardiovascular and heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Of course there are a lot more issue that can result if we consume too much sugar.
There is no need to avoid the naturally occurring sugar that we get in fruit, and some other foods. They contain relatively small amounts of sugar, but they are also filled with much needed essential vitamins and minerals, water and fibre. However too much of the added stuff does not offer the same benefits. It is recommended to stick to the guidelines for consuming added sugar, for optimal health.