How Much Sugar Are You Consuming?
Posted by Mush Panjwani on October 24, 2009
We all know that most sugar is bad for us. Here are some of the harmful affects of sugar on our body:
- Sugar can suppress the immune system.
- Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness.
- Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
- Sugar can cause kidney damage.
- Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Sugar can promote tooth decay.
- Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
- Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
- Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
- Sugar can cause hypertension.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
Avoiding sugar is not easy because it is processed in so many foods we eat. These foods are not just sweets; sugar in large quantities can be found in “non-sweets” products. Here’s the approximate sugar content of popular foods in teaspoons full of granulated sugar:
T=tablespoon, t=teaspoon, 1t = 15 calories!
46t Jelly, 1T
46t Orange marmalade, 1T
34t Strawberry jam, 1T
34t Donut plain
23t Ice cream, 1/8 quart
17t Ice cream bar
15t Chocolate cake iced, 4-ounce piece
14t Chocolate sundae
12t Apple pie, 1 slice
9t Soft drinks, 1 bottle (12 oz.)
8t Canned fruit juice, 1 glass
7t Chocolate eclair
7t Lemon pie, 1 slice
6t Chocolate milk, 1 glass
6t Donut glazed
4t Corn flakes, 1 bowl
3t White bread, 1 slice
2t Cheese cake, 4-ounce piece
How many teaspoons of sugar are you consuming per day or per week? Which ones can you avoid?