I’m having a chat with one of my clients earlier this week and this chat surrounded SUGAR. In a nutshell, we were discussing what was to be a very healthy shake only to realise that the combination of rather “healthy” foods had her consuming, at minimum, 40g of sugar.
4g of sugar is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Conclusion – This one particular shake would have contained a minimum of 10 teaspoons of sugar.
DAILY RECOMMENDATION OF SUGAR:
The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar (or sugars not occurring naturally) to no more than 25g / day for women and 36g / day for men. That’s 6 and 9 teaspoons of added sugar, respectively, per day. Just imagine! This one particular shake contained almost double the recommended daily intake.
THE UNFORTUNATE TRUTH:
Most of us end up consuming much more than this on a day to day basis. Think cereals, granola, muesli, yoghurts, milks, etc.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE:
Take time to learn more about the products and the amounts you are ingesting. Experiment with a scale – what exactly is 15g of sugar per 100g of muesli? Are we actually getting 30g of sugar because we actually take in 200g per serve. It really can be an eye opener if we take a bit of time to do the math. As many health professionals have said before me, don’t take it for granted that the packaging gods are telling us the truth. Be a bit more proactive and you’ll be setting yourself on a better path for success!