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Danger: High Voltage!
It is time to name names! There are too many products running around masquerading as “health” products. They are loaded with sugar, high in sodium and filled with chemicals. Any more than 6tsp of added sugar a day is harmful– that’s 24 grams my little sweeties! (Zero sugar if you have trigger foods.) It can add up fast if you are not watching. The only way to stay on top of things is to read the food label and ingredients. You have to out smart the companies and know all the “secret code” names for sugar. Take a look at the list on www.macrobiotics.co.uk/sugar.htm
Please explain to me how Vitamin water that has over 32g of sugar in a bottle is considered a “health drink” when in reality it is a liquid candy bar. Let’s face it how many of you actually split that bottle between 2.5 people? Vitamin claims don’t make something good for you. Gatorade is the same as Vitamin Water. It was started as a drink to replenish athletes. I have seen plenty of non-athletes slugging down bottles of Gatorade in the name of health. Water people! Hydrate with water. Why do we need sugar added to our water? Why does water need a name? Look at spas, they add cucumber, mint, lemon, oranges slices and the water tastes amazing!
Don’t believe anything on the front of a bottle, can, box, bag etc. That includes a check mark, “whole grain” claim (other than 100% whole grain), “Healthy”, “All-Natural” and vitamin claims they make. Fat Free is code many times for more sugar and salt. These are all marketing-terms used by professionals to make products sell in the current health conscience environment…ha, ha, ha. Basically, they are trying to give people an excuse so they can continue eating and drinking the same crap, but feel better about it.
You have to read the number of portions on the food label as well. Companies package products as multiple portion sizes so that the calories, fat, sugar, salt etc look lower. Actually, people don’t read the “fine print” and eat the entire bag without realizing there are 2, 2.5, even 5 servings in the bag. Beverages, chips, candy, fruit snacks, cookies are all guilty of this.
The one that gets me craziest are the claims that if you eat or drink this product you will get 2-4 servings of fruits and vegetables. The only way to eat a serving of a fruit and vegetable is to actually eat the fruit or vegetable in its entirety, duh. The fact that we have to explain this, sometimes makes my head want to explode!
Major sources of added sugar in Americans’ diets* are listed below. Pay attention.