Friend and Foe: Sugar!
Sugar is a ubiquitous food additive that weakens the immune system, stimulates inflammatory messengers in your body, and creates imbalances in your gut microbiome that directly impacts brain health.
Every man, woman, and child in the US consumes approximately 80 pounds of added sweeteners per year which translates to 20 teaspoons of sugar a day, this adds up to an additional 400 calories every day!
This seems like a lot, but when you consider how even the food that we consider to be a healthy choice can have many teaspoons of added sugar, it begins to make more sense. For example, if you look at Chobani Blueberry greek yogurt, you see that there are 9 grams of added sugar which translates into over 2 teaspoons of additional sugar that serves no nutritional value beyond calories. You pair this with a gatorade (5.5 tsp sugar), a piece of candy (3 tsp sugar), and a bowl of cheerios (5 tsp sugar) you quickly get past 20 teaspoons.
This week, take a peek at your nutrition facts labels and see how many grams of added sugar that you are consuming each day!