As I continue studying to take my Group Fitness Instructor Exam, I realize that there is a lot of information regarding nutrition out there. And unfortunately, not all of the information being circulated is true. With that thought in mind, I think individuals interested in maximizing health should gain as much information about the world of nutrition as possible. One thing that individuals in search of optimum wellness should recognize is that overconsumption of sugar is a prevalent issue in the U.S. At this time, health experts recommend that women consume no more than 24 grams of sugar per day while men are advised to consume no more than 36 grams. With that thought in mind, we should all think critically about the amount of sugar found in food items that tend to be prevalent within the Standard American Diet (SAD). Here are three:
1. Flavored Yogurt.
The average cup of flavored yogurt that you consume will come with about 20 grams of sugar. This is sobering news given that it is just 4 grams less than the daily recommended allowance for women and comprises more than half of the recommended intake for men. Thus although a serving of flavored yogurt may be viewed in a positive light by individuals who abide by the Food Pyramid advocating two to three servings of dairy a day, the high sugar content of flavored yogurt makes it a questionable product to consume.
2. Energy Drinks.
Although energy drinks have gained prevalence in the 21st century, their popularity should not be taken as an indication that they are good for us. In fact, they’re not. One of the reasons that they’re unhealthy results from the fact that you can expect to take in about 32 grams of sugar when you drink one. This is well over the daily recommended allowance for women and almost approaches the recommended intake limit for men. With that being said, individuals in search of more energy should look to natural sources such as fresh squeezed vegetable and fruit juices in order to get the boost they need to work and play effectively.
3. Canned Baked Beans.
I used to eat these all the time! And while they certainly taste good, the fact that the average can of baked beans contains 12 grams of sugar means that individuals who consume them must do so in moderation. Thus while baked beans are a good source of iron and fiber, you must remain cognizant of how their high sugar content mediates the nutritional benefits that you’re receiving from them.
If you are an individual in search of optimal wellness, you should know that the food you eat will play a primary role in determining whether or not you attain it. With that thought in mind, consider the information listed above when you go grocery shopping so that you can keep your intake of sugar in check. Good luck! :)
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