Hi, Kids. Sorry about the delay in posting the sugar rant. The music festival in Golden Gate Park last weekend absorbed the entire weekend, including Monday. And now I feel like I’m coming down with something feverish …
Surveys have also found that the average American consumes around 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar every day. According to the new guidelines, we should really be eating a fraction of that amount. The recommended sugar intake for adult women is 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, for adult men, it’s 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily, and for children, it’s 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day.
The list at the end, of the added sugars in foods, is especially helpful.
One more thing before I take my aching body to bed: I bought an oatmeal raisin walnut Clif Bar today at the grocery; you know Clif Bar, “nutrition for sustained energy?” This 68g bar has 240 calories, 45 of which come from fat. It also has 20g of sugar that provide 75 calories, just over 30% of the calories in the entire bar. That’s a lot of sugar, yes? Of course some of that sugar is inherent in raisins, which are listed 4th in the ingredient list. But a certain amount comes from these ingredients (the number that follows lists their position in the ingredients)
- organic brown rice syrup (1)
- organic evaporated cane juice (5)
- molasses powder (9)
And whether this is interesting to you or not, what about the fact that you could eat 100g of raisins to get 20g of sugar? That’s over half a cup of raisins! Or you could have an apple …
The short story here is that although our bodies do need sugar, and in fact, run on nothing but sugar, sugar in its free, or anarchic state — released from the released from the natural, protective whole-food state that includes the complexity of fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals — is not at all wholesome.
Even if you don’t suffer from cavities, sleeplessness, migraines, weight gain or diabetes 2, this negative-nutritional substance is working secretly to ruin your health
Added sugar, in its free (or anarchic) state is known to … reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours. In contrast, the ingestion of complex carbohydrates, or starches, has no effect on the immune system.
In short, there is no nutritional value in anarchic sugars, and only danger and ill-health can result from eating too much sugar, whether white, brown, honey-ed or molassesed. Have some fruit instead.
Next blog, I’ll tell you the story of the man who climbed Mt. Shasta on foiled-wrapped, semi-solid, brand name sugar. Not for the faint-hearted.