Eat real sugar!

Eat Real Sugar because your microflora knows the difference Naturopathic Doctor Michigan

After my last post I want to make it clear that I’m not promoting artificial sweeteners over real sugar. In fact I probably tell one patient a week to switch from diet _________ to regular. Once they switch then I will work on decreasing their overall sugar intake. Aspartame is at the top of my list of bad sweeteners because it’s addictive, neurotoxic, and drives your appetite. You may wonder why it’s sold to millions of Americans daily. This is a perfect example of how corporations and the FDA do not always have your best interest in mind. You can read more at the history of aspartame approval.

Eat Real Sugar because your microflora knows the difference

Don't drink your calories

Sugar in Coca Cola Classic´╗┐ naturopathic doctor Michigan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has come out with a recommendation that 5% of your total calories should come from sugar. That doesn’t sound like much but if you eat 2,000 calories a day that’s still 100 calories of sugar which is 25 grams. Well how much is 25 grams of sugar? Sugarstack.com to the rescue:

Sugar in Coca Cola Classic, calories
12 ounce can = 40 grams

One cube is 4 grams so even the 12 ounce can has too much sugar for the day.

Grams of sugar in Starbucks coffee, calories
48 grams of sugar

I did not want to only pick on the pop drinkers so this one is for all my caramel macchiato with…. friends.

70 grams of sugar in Minute Maid Lemonade, calories
70 grams of sugar

And this is for those who would NEVER drink pop but enjoy plenty of other sugary drinks.

52 grams of sugar in Langers Apple Juice, calories
52 grams of sugar

Patients always ask me, well what about juice? The above picture is why I say no.

32 grams of sugar in Vitamin Water, calories
32 grams of sugar
62 grams of sugar in Rockstar Energy Drink, calories
62 grams of sugar

None of these drinks were under the recommended amount

Moral of the story is drink water not pop, juice, vitamin water, sugary coffee, energy drinks, kool-aid, and etc. They are loaded with sugar, addictive, lack nutrients, and hide way too many hidden calories. To read more about WHO’s recommendation follow this link: 5% of Calories Should Come From Sugar

Food label improved but it's far from enough.

Proposed changes to nutrition facts, naturopathic doctor Michigan

The FDA plans to update the current food label to make it easier to read with special attention paid to total calories and a new line called added sugar. They also hope to change the serving size to reflect how much people are really eating. This is a positive step towards a better label. The order of macronutrients; fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are in that order because fats are considered the largest health risk followed by carbohydrates and proteins. I would put carbohydrates above fats, keep the added sugar label, and add a new line that tells you the glycemic load. The current proposed changes will take years to take place. Athough I wish the FDA would have done more, some progress is better than no progress.

Proposed changes to nutrition facts, food label, nutrition facts

To read the full article go to:
Food labels to get first makeover in 20 years with new emphasis on calories, sugar.