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The Shocking 65 & Other "Sweet" Tales

Last week, while preparing for a presentation on wellness, I came along food labels for certain soft and energy drinks.

I must have read this type of information hundreds of times but it never stops shockingly amaze me to realize that they may contain up to 65 grams of sugar (or more) per 600 ml (20 oz)!

Now consider that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day for women and no more than 37.5 gm of added sugars per day for men. So, if you just consumed 20 oz of a sugary beverage you’ve probably gulped in your added sugar allowance for an entire 2-day period!

And it is not just sugary beverages that contain a shocking amount of sugar, much more sugar that a health-conscious person could possibly afford. All of the so called “fast carbs” (high glycemic index carbohydrates) have lots of sugars that are quickly digested and absorbed from the stomach into the bloodstream. Fast carbs include not only sugary beverages, cookies, desserts, ice cream, baked goods and donuts but also added sugars found in low-fat yogurt and starches present in white bread, white pasta, white rice, white potatoes. If consumed daily or in large quantities, fast carbs are dangerous for our health because:

  • They have a great taste and texture that we cannot resist

  • Instead of keeping us full for several hours they promote hunger: the sugar-high leads to insulin-spike and then, 1.5-2 hours later, sugar-low, making us hungry and forcing us to eat again and again.

So, read the food labels and limit the amount of added sugar you have per day to no more than the equivalent of 6-9 teaspoons of table sugar. Avoid sugary beverages and be skeptical of “low-fat” yogurt. If you cannot entirely resist white bread, white pasta, white rice or white potatoes, consume them only in small amounts. If you are diabetic or obese, I highly recommend that you invest in a personal nutritionist. It will be one of the best investments you can make in your health journey!

To your health,

Dr. Anthony