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Inflammation and Added Sugars

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Added sugars are different than naturally occurring sugars in foods. Too many added sugars can be the starters to inflammation. Injure any place on your body; say your hand and you notice that it will start to swell. This is a normal response to help it heal. When we eat too much added sugar the body is doing the same thing, only we cannot see it until it decides to show itself to us. Inflammation shows itself to us in the way of chronic diseases, such as arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases.

This, however, does not mean to eliminate all sugar from your food intake. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 provide the recommendation to eat less than 10% of our calories from added sugars. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women.  If you are reading a food label, you will notice that the information on sugars is given in grams. So in keeping in line with the AHA guidelines, this would be 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women.

Reading a food label can be helpful, but may not provide you with the information you are looking for just yet. A current Nutrition Facts panel on a food container only lists sugars, which does not separate naturally occurring sugars from added sugars. A label that will show a breakdown of sugars will not be around until July 2018.

In the meantime, know that the number one source of added sugars is from sugar sweetened beverages. This could include, but is not limited to cola sweetened with sugar, lemonade, tea, coffee or energy drinks. If you are looking for ways to decrease added sugars, then consider these:

Unsweetened tea

Unsweetened creamers in coffee https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gBBfA4mRdU

Water

Carbonated water, such as done with a Soda Stream machine

Unsweetened flavored waters

Diet beverages

 Have fun tasting some new beverages.

 Here is to less inflammation and more prevention of disease.

 

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