Healthy Bites Blog

Sugar Overload!

Did you know that the average American consumes 134 lbs. of sugar per year! Yikes! Recent studies have shown that consuming 25% or more of total daily calories in sugar will lead to inadequate intake of micronutrients – calcium, B-vitamins, potassium, vitamins A,C,E etc. Skimping on healthy, whole- food can lead to such diseases as obesity, heart disease, cancer, digestive disorders and allergies.

Rather than avoiding sugars completely, focus on choosing more whole foods with a high nutrient to energy ratio. It is recommended to consume no more than 10% of your total calories as sugar. Example: 1500 calories – 150 calories in sugar = 1 can of soda or a breakfast bar and the new Nourish yogurt shakes. As you can see, 10% adds up quickly. Be choosy on where you want your sugar to come from! Eat as much whole food as possible in a day and enjoy a nice piece of chocolate or a piece of rich candy on occasion versus getting your sugar from hidden sugars in the convenience foods!

Got a healthy bite idea or have a specific health question? Let Nicole know and you may find your questions and answers on the Way Of Life site! To learn more about creating a balance diet to provide you with energy without deprivation, contact Nicole at Way Of Life and make an appointment by calling (414) 940-6662.

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