Wednesday Nourishing Graphics:
We are happy to share this infographic that further tells the story about the nourishing value of less sugar this holiday season.
I found this sweet tooth sugar facts infographics that I thought would be a little eye-opening to share. I know that we, as Americans, eat a lot of sugar. If you look at any package of food, chances are that you will find sugar in the ingredients. The only exception is natural foods like: fruit, vegetables and proteins. But when you go to the grains food group or dairy food group, the food manufacturers have often added sugar. And if you eat processed foods, well, that is almost guaranteed that you will have a healthy (oops, I mean unhealthy!) dose of sugar added to your food.
Sugar is often associated with diabetes and tooth decay. But it is now associated with other conditions like obesity, metabolic inflammation syndrome and heart disease. So we can see that when we moved twenty plus years ago to "low fat" we unfortunately moved into "High sugar" foods. We didn't realize back then the impact that sugar would have on our bodies and health.
But now with 2/3s of Americans overweight or obese and a millions of overweight or obese children and growing number of kids with chronic diseases that used to be only found in adults, we realized that something went horribly wrong. And that something is a great deal to do with the amount of sugar we eat in our diet.
So are you shocked that you probably consumed about 130 pounds of sugar this year? Are you as shocked as I was that new studies are finding that sugar is as addictive as cocaine! are sugar fix is not a joke. Are love of sugar is now an addiction and it is up to us to break the cycle by teaching this new generation of children that they don't need that amount of sugar. Food actually tastes great in its natural form. But we have to be start to change our own habits.