Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sugar - What The Daily Recommended Allowance?

Sugar - what is the daily recommended allowance?

With the over-load of information in society, we get get told many conflicting facts about proteins, carbs, and fats, but the one area that has not been misunderstood is sugar. If you haven't already guessed the answer to the question, "How much sugar can I have each day?" The answer is zero. There is no recommended daily allowance of sugar. It doesn't mean you cannot have sugar, it just means there is no such thing as a recommended allowance for sugar.

Sugar is a refined substance that is man made and put into many items that we eat each day. Many people have been fooled by the word "sugar" thinking that our bodies need sugar for survival. Our bodies need glucose for survival and it is usually found in our bloodstreams. Many of the foods we eat, such as fruits, vegetables, pastas, and grains are converted into glucose. The body uses glucose for energy and it is metabolized to produce warmth. Unfortunately, many manufacturers have combined all carbohydrates on food labels into one category - whether refined or not. Many products are separating out the sugar grams on the label. Be aware of a product that has a total of 25 grams of and 20 grams of that are sugar. This product is mostly all sugar and is not a very healthy food.

Here are some words that are used to describe sugar in the ingredients of a foods:

  • Lactose: Sugar from milk. "Lactose intolerance" - is caused by the sugar in milk.

  • Maltose: Sugar from malt

  • Fructose: Sugar from fruit

  • Dextrose: Sugar from starch "corn sugar"

  • Sucrose: Refined sugar from sugar cane or beets

The refined product of sugar cane can be very addictive. The more our bodies have it the more it wants it. If you have been raised on a limited sugar intake, you will be surprised at how little sugar you crave. You will likely notice that certain foods taste too sweet.

The bottom line is that sugar can be detrimental to your health. Many people develop diabetes, cancer, and skin problems due to overdoses of sugar. The next time you have a craving remember this post and have a big glass of water and reach for something healthy.

Blessings for a Glorious Day!

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