Not long ago, a buddy of mine decided to stop drinking alcohol. He didn’t have a problem with booze; he just wanted to make a lifestyle change. And he did. In less than a week, my pal had totally stopped drinking. He hasn’t had a drop in six months.
Emboldened by that success, he decided to kick another habit: sugar. Guess what? After weeks, even months of trying to just cut back on the white stuff, he’s still hooked.
So are most Americans – and that’s a problem. Sugar seems like such an innocent, even beneficial substance, right? It’s natural and tastes soooo good! How could it be bad for us? But like most anything in life, too much of a good thing is no good. Americans consume twice as much sugar as the Food and Drug Administration suggests and four times what the World Health Organization recommends!
This excessive sugar intake poses serious threats to our minds and bodies, as detailed in the chart below. Take a quick look – good ahead, I’ll wait. Scary, isn’t it? And all scientifically documented.
We should all commit today to reducing our consumption of processed sugar with the same zeal as someone who needs to quite smoking. Phase out the sugary snacks. Start reading labels – Do you have any idea how much sugar is in bottled spaghetti sauce or salad dressing? – and choose the lowest sugar products. Eat fruit and other naturally sweet foods to satisfy sugar cravings. Avoid using sugar to season homemade dishes.
Easier said than done, for sure. But even if you can just reduce your sugar intake, you’ll feel better mentally and physically.
And that’s truly sweeeet!