We all know too much sugar isn’t good for us, but just how bad is it? This video clip from The Doctors explains that sugar doesn’t just contribute to weight gain and increased risk of heart disease; it can also speed up the rate of tumor growth. If you’ve got a sugar addiction you need to kick, try reaching for a piece of fruit instead of soda. The natural sugars will quell your craving for the sweet stuff, but the fiber will fill you up so you don’t feel the need to eat more. If you drink a lot of fruit juice, the Doctors recommend diluting it with water to cut the sugar content.
The average American adult consumes over 22 teaspoons of sugar per day–over double the recommended daily intake for men (9.4 teaspoons) and three times higher than that for women (6.25 teaspoons). That’s a whole lot of empty calories…and health risks. Curious to know how much you’re taking in? Check your nutrition labels and log your food for an entire day, noting the amount of sugar in your food and drinks. You might be surprised!
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