The mainstream nutrition nags are like a broken record. They just keep repeating the same old tired lines over and over.
They’ll pester you to swear off eggs. Hassle you about eating “too much” cheese. Push skim and low-fat milk down your throat. And harass you about saturated fat until the cows come home.
Oh, and speaking of those cows, they’ll practically smack the fork out of your hand when you tuck in to enjoy a juicy, delicious steak.
The endless lectures about the so-called dangers of practically anything you eat never seem to stop. Meanwhile, the REAL villain… sugar… is making a clean getaway.
Sure, they’ll admit sugar isn’t good for you if you press them. But otherwise, mums the word. They just don’t harp on the sweet stuff the way they do with meat and other sources of animal fat.
Here’s the truth. Those fats they keep trash-talking are actually ESSENTIAL, as long as you’re getting them from suitable sources.
But that sugar, on the other hand? Well, here’s NO essential level of added sugar. Even a tiny pinch can hurt you.
And new research reveals what most of us probably already suspect. You’re almost certainly not getting a tiny pinch. In fact, you’re likely sucking down far more sugar than you realize.
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Imagine getting a cup of coffee and adding a teaspoon of sugar. But don’t stop there.
Add another. Then another.
In fact, keep going until you’ve stirred 16 full teaspoons of sugar into your coffee. Crazy, right? If you did that in my local diner, I think they’d either throw you out or call an ambulance.
But brace yourself. A new report finds that’s how much sugar is in the average “small” soda served in America’s leading restaurant chains.
That’s 65 grams in a single cup. In other words, WAY above the 50-gram daily “safe” limit set by the feds (which is already far too generous).
Medium soft drinks have 75 grams, while large ones contain a mind-blowing 109 grams or more than two days’ worth of sugar in a single glass.
Most chain restaurants have free refills too. So those numbers are just starting points. And let’s face it, many of us see having a soda with our meal as a harmless indulgence.
Added sugar takes a major toll on your health
The new study only looked at soda. Which was shocking enough. But it’s far from the only source of added sugar in our diets.
The white stuff is hiding in everything from the salad dressing on your “healthy” lunch to the marinara sauce or your spaghetti dinner. A single meal out… even a quick catch-up with old friends… can give you DAYS worth of sugar.
Too much added sugar can raise your blood pressure, mess with your cholesterol, and, of course, send your blood sugar soaring. Eventually, that sets the stage for weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes.
Plus, another recent study linked sugary drinks to the recent spike we’ve seen in colorectal cancer.
But even if you’re aware of all those dangers, there’s another most folks don’t know about.
Excess sugar makes a beeline for your liver, where it gets converted into fat. That causes the liver to swell, leading to scarring, decreased function, and ultimately liver disease.
We used to only see liver disease in folks who drank far too much alcohol. Not anymore. These days millions are living with the silent damage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Unaware… for now… of the dangers they’re facing.
And for many folks, it all gets started with an “innocent” soda habit.
The solution, of course, is to ditch the sugary soda immediately. Don’t drink soft drinks at home or as a “treat” when you go out to dinner or the movies.
And be on the lookout for other “hidden” sources of added sugar too. You’ll find it on the labels of all kinds of surprising foods, from condiments to soups.
But be warned, food manufacturers like to get clever and hide sugar under names the average consumer won’t recognize. (Who could forget that ridiculous attempt to rebrand high fructose corn syrup years ago?) A good rule of thumb is anything ending in the letters “ose” is likely a sugar.