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Everybody’s trying to reduce the amount of sugar they consume.
Some people have to be even more vigilant due to diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions.
Everywhere you go you hear that you should be cutting refined sugar out of your diet (along with white flour, trans fats, and a bunch of other stuff).
So what’s the deal with sugar? Is it really that evil?
Well, first things first, there are a lot of different things that are lumped together into the category of “sugar.”
Fructose, Sucrose, and Glucose
Let’s break it down:
• Made when your body breaks down starches.
• Glucose is also called blood sugar.
Your body processes most carbohydrates you eat into glucose, either to be used immediately for energy or to be stored for later use.
• The sugar found naturally in fruits
• It’s frequently processed into high-fructose corn syrup.
• table sugar,
• made from sugar cane or
• made from sugar beets.
Most plant-based foods have naturally-occurring sugars, and if you eat a healthy plant-based diet you’ll get all you need without even trying.
What’s the problem?
Food manufacturers pack sugar into everything – even stuff you wouldn’t think would need it!
• pasta sauce,
• lunch meats,
• flavored yogurt,
• and one of the biggest offenders – fruit juice!
Heck, fruit juice is almost completely sugar.
Grams to Spoons
If you want to reduce your sugar intake, you’ll need to check out the food label.
Uh oh. How does that work?
How much is a gram of sugar?
• One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.
• 16 grams of sugar is equal to 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.
So now you know – keep an eye out for that extra sugar, and if you need a hit of something sweet, grab a piece of fruit to satisfy that sweet tooth naturally!