We know that sugar is not healthy, and that we should reduce its intake or eliminate it, but, in many occasions, it is hidden, for example; we go to restaurants and they are placed in sauces or stews, we read labels and it says 0 (zero) sugar or very few grams and in small letters we have ingredients that are sugars.
Too much sugar in our diet can be detrimental to our health. Although sugar is a source of energy, consuming too much can have negative consequences on our body. So it is important to learn to read labels, I recommend that you take your time when going to the market.
The key is to pay attention to the list of ingredients and nutritional information. In the list of ingredients, sugars can be identified by names such as sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, rice syrup, molasses, cane molasses, honey, among others. In addition, it is important to review the nutritional information and look for the total sugar content.
It is advisable to limit sugars to less than 10% of total daily calorie intake, I would aim for less than 9%. If a product contains more than 10% sugars per serving, it may be necessary to reduce consumption or choose a healthier option. Since we will be ingesting other foods that may naturally contain sugar during the course of the day.
We all know the reasons why we should be careful with the grams of sugar on food labels and eliminate excess sugar from our diet.
Example 1: Weight gain: A diet rich in sugars increases the risk of obesity, as excess sugar is stored in the body as fat.
Example 2: Health problems, as excessive sugar consumption can contribute to problems such as diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay.
The recommended types of sugars are natural sugars, rather than added sugars. Natural sugars are found in foods such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products. It is also a good idea to limit consumption of processed foods and products with added sugars, for example: Ketchup, fruit juices, granola bars and sports drinks all have visible and hidden sugars.
Therefore, it is important to consider, the amount of sugars in our diet and choose natural sugars instead of added sugars. By limiting sugar consumption, we can improve our health and prevent long-term health problems.
So, decide for your health. Eliminate or reduce sugar consumption and therefore, have a better quality of life.