According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian consumes 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. That works out to 40 kilograms per year —– or 20 bags!!!!
The amounts of sugar that we currently consume is reaching dangerous high’s and the World Health Organization is suggesting that we aim to:
“Lower sugar intake to less than 5% of daily calories, or to about 25 grams of sugar/day”… (for the average adult)
This restriction translates into about 6-7 tsp of sugar per day for adults.
Here are some key reasons to cut cut down your sugar consumption:
- Excess energy from sugar (calories that are not being burned off with activity) is stored in the body as fat deposits around and inside the liver.
- “fatty liver” is a condition which causes metabolic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, carcinogenic growth, obesity and dental decay.
- According to the Ayurvedic perspective, refined white sugar causes puffiness, congestions build up, Kapha buildup, and disruption of healthy digestive processes.
- Coke (355 ml can) has more than 10 teaspoons of sugar, which already exceeds your daily restriction for sugar!
- Especially important for our children – reducing sugar to 5% of their daily calories will practically eliminate tooth decay, as well as drastically reduce/eliminate their risk for becoming obese and developing diabetes.
Simple strategies to reduce sugar consumption:
- Read the nutrition label and ensure to note the serving size listed at the top of the label. Watch out for high fructose corn syrup, glucose/fructose, and sugar being listed as one of the main ingredients (ingredient lists indicate the largest amount first).
- Remember the 25g/day maximum ( 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon).
- Always opt for WHOLE FOODS rather than processed or packaged.
- Avoid drinking beverages with added sugar such as fruit beverages, pop drinks/slurpees/ice teas, chocolate milk and other flavoured milk alternatives.
- Look for labelling such as “no added sugar”.
- Sugar is highly addictive and it will take a few weeks for the cravings will go away… expect to feel some withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, agitation, low mood, etc.
- Exercise! Aerobic activity increases your heart rate, oxygenation of tissues, and enhances blood flow all of which help relieve sugar cravings as well as help mobilize stored energy.