Routinely chomping on more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day – the American Heart Association’s suggested maximum daily limit for men – has links to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Studies also show Sugar can shorten lifespan and may even provide fuel for cancer cells. If your attitude toward the sweet stuff has soured, use the tips to scale back your consumption:
- Know where added Sugar Lives
- Soda, Cakes, Cookies, Candy and Ice Cream – all known offenders – remain the most common sources for added sugar, according to the CDC.
- But, added sugar also lurks in 74% of all packaged foods and fruit juices.
- For example: 8oz of OJ and Apple Juice each pack about 2.5x more sugar than the fruits themselves.
- opt for NonSugar Sweeteners
- Stevia and Yacon Syrup, or the low-calorie sugar alcohols xylitol and erythritol, boost flavor.
- Stevia is a great choice because it’s very low in calories, and studies have shown that it can improve insulin sensitivity.
- Sugar fuels cancer cells. Cancer can thrive on sugar, indicating a possible link between diet and the Big C.
- Sugar shortens lifespan. Sugary diets have been shown to affect a gene tied to longevity, cutting lifespan by 7%.
- Sugar increases disease risk. Eating 25% of your daily calories in sugar can up the chance of heart disease by 50%.