Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?

Take a good look at your diet. What did you have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks yesterday?

If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. It’s one reason health experts recommend keeping a food journal or tracking your eating habits with a mobile app. When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you’re more likely to make better food choices.

And there’s at least one thing in your diet that’s worth taking a hard look at: the amount of sugar you eat. Here’s what the American Heart Association recommends:

  • Men: No more than 37.5 grams of sugar per day
  • Women: No more than 25 grams of sugar per day

Go back and take a look at everything you ate. Then tally up the amount of sugar that was in the food you ate. How did you do? Are you eating close to the recommended limit on sugar? Or do your sugar habits need a makeover?

In case you’re wondering, the average adult consumes about 76.7 grams of sugar per day, more than twice the amount recommended. And that’s a problem that can lead to a long list of health issues like:
  • Lack of nutrients from food
  • Poor oral health
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • High triglycerides
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Addiction

Not exactly a sweet picture of health when you look at this way. If you’re trying to curb your sugar cravings, one of the best things you can do is drink more water and eat more healthy foods. And when you feel a craving coming on, have a plan in place. Go for a walk, listen to music, make a phone call, distract yourself. Do something to take your mind off that sugar craving, and a lot of times it will pass in just a few minutes.

If you want to make sure you’re making smart, low-sugar food choices, take a look at the Low-Carb menu with meal options that won’t tip your sugar intake off the charts.