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A Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Menopause & Metabolism Specialist and Executive Wellness Coach helping busy menopausal women crack the code to living a healthy lifestyle so You Feel Great & Love Your Body!

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This sugar stat caught me by surprise… and I thought I already knew a LOT about sugar.  

👉 Eating just 100 calories a day of sugar (which is about 25 grams of added sugars, or 6 teaspoons) is linked to 45 DIFFERENT negative health outcomes. 

Here’s a Quick Rundown of How Much (or how little!) sugar that is: 

photo of sugar packed candy to illustrate how harmful to our health sugar is
  • 1 can (12 fl oz) of regular soda 
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of chocolate milk 
  • 1 cup (245 g) of sweetened yogurt 
  • 2 Tbsp of honey 
  • 2 Tbsp of maple syrup 
  • 2 Tbsp of regular ketchup 
  • 1 small glazed doughnut 
  • 2 small cookies 
  • 1 small candy bar 

And just for clarification — that’s not all of those things combined.  

EACH ONE of those items contains about 25 grams of added sugars.

Here are some of the negative health outcomes linked with a high sugar intake: 

  • Heart disease 
  • Diabetes 
  • Obesity 
  • Asthma 
  • Depression 
  • Some types of cancer (including breast, prostate, & pancreatic) 
  • Gout 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Stroke 
  • Obesity 
  • Liver disease 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Tooth decay 
  • Death 

In a study published in the BMJ earlier this year, researchers recommended eating less than 25 grams of sugar a day AND keeping sugary beverage intake to less than 1 a week (about 200-355 ml or ⅔ – 1½ cups). 

So what should you do about this?  

It’s true: Quitting sugar cold turkey can be tough. Also, swearing off ANY food is unsustainable for most of us. 

If sugar is a concern to you, track your sugar intake and reserve sweet treats for special occasions. You’ll also want to make sure you’re eating low glycemic foods. Eating high-GI foods can cause blood sugar levels to rapidly rise.

Let’s get after it, 

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    REFERENCES: www.bmj.com/content/381/bmj-2022-071609

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