When you grab that soda or pick up a quickie meal at the store to reheat and eat later, most likely you’re thinking of convenience and not how much sugar is in what you just bought. But, if you stop to calculate it later, you may be shocked that almost every packaged product you buy is loaded with sugar. As reported by SaladPower, this sugar adds up to about 19.5 teaspoons a day!
In this hurry-up world, about 90 percent of what Americans spend on food goes to processed products with artificial fillers, fake fats and sugar. Incredibly, an astonishing 60 percent of the food Americans eat is ULTRA-processed, and these foods account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to understand that decreasing sugar consumption is at the top of the list if you’re overweight, insulin resistant or struggle with any chronic disease. Sugar addiction happens due to intense cravings for sweet food. It’s triggered by the brain by sending signals to the receptors in our tongue that were not able to develop from the low-sugar diets of our ancestors.
Fighting these cravings may be difficult in the beginning, but once you cut down on added sugars and other net carbs (total carbs minus fiber), they WILL disappear. At that point, healthy eating becomes effortless. If you need help with this, my updated nutrition plan will guide you through learning to eat real, unprocessed foods, including fresh, organic vegetables, high-quality proteins and moderate fruits.