Sugar – The Poison And The Feel Good Drug

Sugar is probably one of the most discussed topics in the health and diet industries these days. Is it poison? Will it kill you if you consume it? Can I still eat an apple a day or will that just be to much to handle for my poor, old body? As you know, I eat sugar every now and then. It’s not a daily thing and I don’t add sugar to things I cook and eat at home (I didn’t own any sugar and had to go buy a pack for these pictures!). I check labels if I buy anything processed and I am generally very conscious about my sugar intake. I do have it, but then I know that I am having it and it’s a deliberate decision. The biggest problem with sugar is that it’s added to practically anything processed. Not just in chocolate and sodas, but in foods that are marketed as the Healthy Choice and Diet. And if you see the labels Low Fat or 98% Fat Free, you can be certain there will be added sugar, because they have taken away all the flavour with the fat and added sugar for people to enjoy the product and come back for more.

Many people are not aware of this and think they are doing the right thing when they are buying low fat products. I have taken a few pictures just to show just how much sugar you will eat, by choosing a few products who most people will think is a good choice and will help them lose weight. Sugar is sweet and yummy. When we eat sugar, we want more sugar. When we eat sugar our insulin spikes and tells your body to store fat (very simplified, but that is generally how it works). If you don’t use all the energy you are consuming, it will eventually be stored as fat. We are all different and there is no certain amount of sugar that would be ‘right’ for everyone to follow. What I want you to do, is being aware of the sugar that you get from your food every day. Let’s have a look;

A teaspoon of sugar (helps the medicine go down) and weights about 5 grams

A teaspoon of sugar (helps the medicine go down) and weights about 5 grams

A 170g tub of 98% Fat Free Yoghurt contains 27grams of sugar. (All dairy products have naturally occurring sugar also; lactose. But sugar is the second thing on the ingredient list on this yoghurt).

A 170g tub of 98% Fat Free Yoghurt contains 27grams of sugar. (All dairy products have naturally occurring sugar also; lactose. But sugar is the second thing on the ingredient list on this yoghurt).

Oats ia a great choice for breakfast, if you make it yourself without added sugar. This handy portion has 11.7g of sugar.

Oats ia a great choice for breakfast, if you make it yourself without added sugar. This handy portion has 11.7g of sugar.

Breakfast on the go and 26.6g of sugar on the go (some of this is lactose).

Breakfast on the go and 26.6g of sugar on the go (some of this is lactose).

A quick snack when you are on the run, with a generous 14.5g of sugar.

A quick snack when you are on the run, with a generous 14.5g of sugar.

Pro Biotics must be good for you, right? This one has added fructose, sugar and glucose and it adds up to 9.5g in this little bottle. (Some will be lactose).

Pro Biotics must be good for you, right? This one has added fructose, sugar and glucose and it adds up to 9.5g in this little bottle. (Some will be lactose).

Sugar Overload

In comparison a 375ml can of coke has 40g of sugar.

In comparison a 375ml can of coke has 40g of sugar.

How easy isn’t it to have oats and a yoghurt in the morning and a little bottle of probiotics because it’s good for your stomach. And a nut bar in the afternoon, because you just need something. That’s already 62.7g of sugar. And you think you are doing the right thing. Because it’s low fat and marketed as healthy. I am not surprised we are getting fatter and unhealthier, because it is a jungle out there! That’s why I stick to unprocessed, natural, homemade food from scratch. It tastes better, it’s better for you and you know exactly what you are putting in your mouth. It’s not that hard! Yes, I do have sugar every now and then, but then I am fully aware of it. And I enjoy it! A little bit is not going to kill anyone or make you obese. But when it goes out of proportion and you can’t stop it and there is sugar in everything you eat, you have a problem.

I still remember how much I savoured my little lolly and chocolate bag of goodies on Saturdays when I was a kid. Because it was a treat. It was a once a week thing. Party food was for parties, not for every day! And no matter how much you enjoy life, every day is not a party, so save the party food for later! I challenge you to look at every single item you are eating today and calculate how many grams of sugar you are getting. You might be surprised 😉 Put your total on my Facebook page.

PS, what are you doing for Something Every Day today? I went for a walk along the beach. Bliss!

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2 Responses to Sugar – The Poison And The Feel Good Drug

  1. katyhancock says:

    Wow this is crazy to actually see the side-by-side comparisons. I don’t really like drinking soda but I’m a huge yogurt eater. I’ve found a small yogurt that only has 5 grams of sugar but it’s tricky knowing how much sugar comes from the fruit in the yogurt or how much is added in.

    • I know, you just don’t realise how much is added before you have a close look. With added fruit/berries to yoghurt, the sugar in fruit is still fructose, but I think it’s better to get it from fruit/berries as you get the whole package with fibre, nutrients and water rather than ‘just’ sugar 🙂
      Ashild
      xoxo

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