Can you eat sugar and maintain a healthy weight? You might be OK in the weight department, but you won’t have a healthy body. Did you know that Americans eat an average of 32 teaspoons of sugar a day?! Thirty two teaspoons equals 2/3 of a cup (48 teaspoons = 1 cup, just an FYI).

How about a little history about sugar consumption. The US Departemnt of Agriculture reports that in early 1800’s the average American ate about 10 pounds of sugar per year. Today we are eating close to 170 pounds of surgar a year which actually is closer to a cup of sugar a day.

You might say that “I don’t eat a cup of sugar a day!” The problem is that business discovered that people like sweets. They put sugar in everything. Here are some of the foods that contain sugar: processed foods, soups, salad dressings, steak sauce and BBQ, cured meats, table salt, boxed foods, drinks (sodas, teas, coffees, juices) and more.

Sugar has a variety of names it lurks under. These are sucrose, lactose (milk sugar), fructose (fruit/corn sugar), sugar cane, sugar beet, dextrose, saccharides,

We use sugar for its taste, texture (how it feels in the mouth) and for preserving foods.

When we eat sugar, it causes the body to be acidic or more acid (lower) pH.  The body has a normal pH range that is regulated by a very complex mechanism. The more sugars you eat the more acid your body will be. A diet high in meats, animal products and caffiene will tip the body toward the acid side. Eating raw vegetables will more the body to a more basic (or higher) pH. 

The problem with a body that is more acidic is that it is prone to dis-eases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, all the chronic dis-eases.

You might be tempted to eat artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners may be made from naturally occurring substances but they are not necessarily edible. Your body doesn’t recognize them as foods. For example, NutraSweet turns into formaldehyde during the digestion process. How much formaldehyde is OK to eat? “0” or ZERO!

Do yourself a favor. Cut out as much sugar as you can. Substitute Agave, honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia when you do consume sweets. These are no perfect but they don’t cause as big of a blood sugar rise as regular sugar and all its derivatives. Moderation is the key. And cook at home, as you have control over what is actually in the food.

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Here is to a new you from the inside out. How do we do that? One healthy choice at a time.


Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS