Posted on October 25th, 2012 by GEA-admin
Ahhhh fall … cooler air, changing leaves, shorter days and sugar. Yes, lots and lots of sugar
My husband participated in a dinner last week for Breast Cancer Awareness in support of his medically related job. He came home and asked me “What’s the number one killer of women in America?” I think it’s cute that he’s always trying to one -up me since he works in a hospital now … however, I know that the number one killer of women (and men) in America is Heart Disease (and I’m aware that I have a STRONG family history). He asked me “Why does it seem like more women are afraid of breast cancer?” I thought this was an excellent question and pondered it for awhile. The best response I could give him was that cancer, the “C” word is scarier to people because they have “no control”. I think deep down, we all know/have learned that if “I walk a few miles”, if “I eat less junk food”, if “I monitor my blood pressure and cholesterol” than I can control for heart disease. What’s even scarier to me is that most of the nasty diseases out there are related to the same things: stress, poor sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise, toxins (internal/external) and they are PREVENTABLE! For over a decade I’ve watched as people take their bodies for granted and then turn up in the ER with that horrible look of fear on their face as they are having a heart attack, a stroke, a diabetic crisis, etc. etc. In a nutshell…. if you woke up today and you aren’t in the ER then you have a chance to make some changes in your habits. As an aside here — I just got back from a family wedding in San Francisco. I have had the joy of traveling far and wide, have seen the “beautiful people” of South Beach and the “laissez-faire” people of Paris…but never have I seen so many active/health conscious people as in San Francisco! It was really quite inspiring the way these people fit health into their everyday. I came home with a new zest for food and fitness.
That being said here’s an article I’m sharing on Sinful Sugar BY Lisa Schofield for Live So Well:
Sure, it’s sweet and that momentary sensation gives you fleeting bliss, but sugar is not your friend. And, you’re probably consuming way too much without even knowing it. According to the American Heart Association, women should not consume more than six teaspoons (24 g) of added sugar per day; yet many consume approximately 22 teaspoons of it.
Seriously, sugar lurks in foods you wouldn’t ever suspect… top brand tomato/marinara sauces, frozen tilapia, even “creamy ranch natural soy crisps,” a healthy snack (private label for a major supermarket chain), where the eleventh ingredient is “sugar.”
The best thing you can do is read every food label… every single one. It is time consuming, but there’s no getting around it. Some will have it as “sugar,” but other food manufacturers call it: “high fructose corn syrup,” “evaporated cane juice,” or “turbonado sugar.” There is also “molasses,” “honey,” “agave nectar” and “barley malt syrup.”
The following statistics, found in SwansonVitamins.com’s health blog, may shock you:
The average American eats about three pounds of sugar each week.
The average American drinks 53 gallons of sugar-laden soft drinks per year.
Added sugar by itself lends 500 calories to the average diet each day — equal to 10 bacon strips!
Sugar has absolutely no nutritional value — zero.
Refined sugar is linked to: obesity, nervous tension, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, hypoglycemia, acne, skin irritations, depression, headaches, fatigue and stiffening of the arteries.
Some solutions are to cut out all soft drinks — and juices. Drink water all the time instead; there’s still nothing better for health, hydration and thirst quenching. Reading labels of competing products may allow you to find a brand that has no added sugar — put that into your cart. Want a healthy snack? Try nuts. They are full of proteins and good fats, along with some vitamins and minerals. Whole grain crackers often have added sugar! Want something naturally sweet? Fruit of all kinds, including antioxidant-laden berries. Zest it up with a sprinkle of sesame or flax seeds.