That is the recommended daily maximum. TRH (The Retired Husband) and I watched a documentary last week called Sugar Crash.
Did you know that sugar is eight times MORE addictive than cocaine? That’s seriously scary stuff.
It appears that this is because we are hardwired to seek out sugar. After all, our cells have evolved to rely on sugar as their number one fuel source.
But eat too much sugar for too long, and you’ll find that your brain rewires itself to look something like the brain of a heroin or cocaine addict.
A lot has been written about the dangers of sugar. In order to be healthy we are encouraged to eat low fat foods. However, in order to make the low fat foods palatable, food manufacturers have replaced it with sugar. And excessive sugar consumption leads to major health problems.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the stories about how much sugar there is in carbonated soft drink/soda. But did you know that the reason for this is to mask the taste of high levels of salt they contain. These drinks also contain caffeine. It is a mild diuretic. That means you excrete more fluid from your body. Those two things combined make you thirstier. So you drink more. It’s a vicious cycle.
Our bodies can safely metabolise about six teaspoons of sugar a day. One teaspoon is 4 gm = 24gm/day. Any excess sugar is metabolised into body fat. Hello obesity and chronic metabolic diseases.
That’s just a few of the things that we learnt watching the documentary. After it finished we went into the kitchen and started reading labels. You would not believe the amount of hidden sugar that our foods contain. Even in the savoury stuff. It shocked us into making changes to the foods we eat.
We now have steel cut oat porridge for breakfast. Steel cut or traditional oats contain all the nutritional goodness of oats. The instant kind does not. I have started making our own yoghurt again too. And pasta sauce made from fresh vegetables. We’re having more vegetarian meals too. Last night we had home made dahl and curried egg and lettuce sandwiches on wholemeal bread. It was so delicious. That’s the start.
I would strongly encourage you to watch this documentary. It goes for just under an hour. It’s time well spent.
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