February 20, 2011

Live Life To The Fullest: Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is used to add sweetness to foods or drinks. We love sweets even if we don’t have sweet tooth.  But, too much sugar is bad for our health.

How much sugar should I consume each day?  There are three different types of carbohydrate: fiber, starch and sugar.  According to experts there is no required consumption for sugar but there is a minimum needed carbohydrate in our body which is 130 grams each day for male and female including adults and children.  But majority consumed more than the minimum requirement.

Sugar has a stimulating taste and too much intake of it promotes overeating.  Too much calorie intake (calorie comes from eating food high in sugar content) may lead to diabetes, obesity which may cause health risk and other problems like heart disease and certain types of cancer mainly pancreatic cancer.

However, everything can be eaten moderately.  There are also available alternatives for sugar in your diet.  The naturally occurring sugars from fruits and vegetables also are a great source of carbohydrate and enough to meet the needed carbohydrate supply in the body.  Don’t starve yourself by not eating anymore your favorite goodies.   If you always love coffee, brew your morning coffee with a cinnamon stick which can be found in groceries and supermarkets.  For pancakes, waffles and oatmeal you can add fresh fruit or fruit purees.  On your favorite baked foods like cakes, cookies and macaroons try with a little less of the sweet stuff by cutting the amount of sugar.

As usual it’s all about balance.  Inspire yourself to reach your health goals.  Choose the right food and exercise regularly. Everyday is a great day to live life to the fullest!

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