Did you know excessive sugar intake can cause a plethora of illnesses and even chronic disease?
Sugar has many toxic effects; it increases risk of type 2 diabetes, causes depression, energy/mood swings, and wrinkles (YES…wrinkles!), it increases fat storage and hunger, raises cholesterol, blood pressure, and restricts blood vessels – which can eventually cause Heart Attack or Stroke.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugars a woman consumes to no more than 25 grams per day, or about 6 teaspoons, NOT tablespoons. Men should consume no more than 37 grams per day, or about 9 teaspoons. For a little perspective, a 12 oz. can of Coke contains 39 grams of added sugar!
Many people consume way more sugar than they realize. It’s important to be aware of how much sugar you consume because our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly. Added sugars contribute zero nutrients but many added calories that can lead to extra pounds or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health.
If you’re not sure how much sugar you’re eating daily, start tracking! Your body will thank you for it.