I love dessert. Seriously…LOVE. Cupcakes, cookies, pumpkin pie…you name it!
But when I sat down to watch the documentary Sugar Coated last weekend, I was reminded of the fact that most people, myself included, eat way too much of the sweet stuff. So, here we are.
It’s not just dessert that’s the problem. It’s cereal for breakfast, yogurt with lunch, a granola bar at 3:00 pm, AND dessert after dinner. That’s the real problem. Sugar is everywhere, in everything from pasta sauce to snack foods to supplements. I started looking at food labels and counting grams, and I realized the extent of my problem.
According to the American Heart Association, women should limit added sugars to just 100 calories per day. That equates to 25 grams or 6 teaspoons. Men should limit sugar consumption to 150 calories/36 grams/9 teaspoons.
My beloved San Pellegrino “Sparkling Grapefruit Beverage”? 34 grams.
Okay, okay, I’ll just drink water….but that’s still not enough.
A tablespoon of strawberry jam on my morning toast? 10 grams.
A fruity yogurt at lunchtime? 9 grams (and that’s after subtracting the naturally occurring sugar in the yogurt itself).
A serving of marinara sauce at dinner? 10 grams. Really!?
I can’t eat the way I’ve been eating and come anywhere near the recommended intake level. And if I want to make space for dessert every now and again, I’ll have to drastically reduce other sources of added sugar.
Sugary treats are nice every now and then, but LIFE IS SWEET ENOUGH without them.
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