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September 8, 2010

Ending Your Dysfunctional Relationship with Sugar

The epitome of a love-hate relationship. We LOVE the taste but HATE the effects. Did you know that on average, American adults eat 21 teaspoons of sugar every day? This equates to about 137 pounds a year. No wonder 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese.

What are the most common culprits? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, and candy are some, but sugar is found in many other foods, such as cakes and cookies, fast food and ice cream, drink mixers, canned foods and sauces, and cereals and breads.

If this isn't depressing enough, labeling is deceptive so being informed has become even more important. If a product boasts of being "sugar free," it isn't necessarily so. By law, it can have up to ½ gram of sugar. This may not seem like a lot, but it all adds up, and quickly. Similarly, sugar is easily hidden in the list of ingredients.

Serving size is also important. For instance, 8 ounces of Powerade has 14 grams of sugar but many bottles that are bought are 32 ounces. These have 56 grams of sugar (13 teaspoons).

The American Heart Association recommends that most women have no more than 6 teaspoons (100 calories) of added sugar a day, and men no more than 9 teaspoons (150 calories). These guidelines do not apply to naturally occurring sugars like those found in fruit, vegetables, or dairy products.

Sugar is used by the body but not in quantities that are more than is needed. It is broken down into the simple sugar, glucose, to be used as energy. Any unused glucose is converted into glycogen and stored in the muscles and liver. If your body has enough stored glycogen, this excess turns to fat and is only drawn upon if all of the stored glycogen is used up. Over time, this can obviously cause you to gain weight. It is well documented that obesity can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and tooth decay. Some studies have shown that too much sugar causes wrinkles which give you the look of premature aging.

So what should you do? Make smart choices. If your goal is to lose weight or improve your health, control your sugar intake by cutting back on the soda, and the prepackaged cookies and cakes. Reducing sugar often results in lowering your calories too. Do this for yourself and those around you will benefit too. Good habits as kids breed good habits as adults. How much sugar are your kids eating?

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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Serves: 12
Carbs Per Serving: 4.2 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Less than thirty years ago, the zucchini, formerly often referred to as green Italian squash, was hardly recognized in the United States. Today, it is not only widely-recognized, but a particular favorite of home gardeners. Notwithstanding its prolific growing nature, its popularity is probably due to in large part to its versatility as a vegetable as well as in breads and desserts.

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1/2 cup zucchini, small diced with skin on
3 eggs
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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Total Calories: 1134

Calories Per Serving: 94.5
Total Fat Per Serving: 4.3g
Saturated Fat: 1.00g
Cholesterol: 29.4mg
Sodium: 37.2mg
Total Carbohydrates: 112.4g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 4.2g
Dietary Fiber: 2.8
Sugars: 2.0g
Protein: 6.5g

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