SUGAR: The Hidden Killer!
Sugar is hidden in our foods under so many different, sneaky names!
According to the American Heart Association, the average American eats 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. without actually knowing it’s hidden in their foods. This extra sugar is adding inches to our waistlines, while also putting our hearts at risk.
Over the last fifty years, the obesity rates in the United States have skyrocketed. In 1962, 46% of adults were considered overweight or obese. By 2010, that figure had jumped to 75%, translating to 3/4 of the population of our country.
Research shows that excess sugar consumption is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar consumption to 25 grams (about six teaspoons) per day for women and 36 grams (nine teaspoons) per day for men.
The challenge for us as consumers is that food companies are getting smarter at hiding sugar in their products. As you can see from the list below, they’re using fancy names that their consumers don’t recognize as actually beint sugar.
WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS??? Because they want you to get addicted and buy more! More sales = more profits!
The worst part is that many of these sugar filled foods are marketed to us as “healthy” food options.
If you’re concerned about protecting your health and your heart, take a much closer look at your food labels. We’ve attached a guide to help you locate the extra SUGAR that’s being added to your foods.