Even foods you consider “healthy” contain shocking amounts of hidden sugar.

Americans just love sugar. In fact, we love it so much that we eat three and a half times the American Heart Association’s recommended maximum. To be fair, we probably don’t even know how much we’re eating. Added sugar is found in approximately 80 percent of all supermarket foods. But a new documentary, That Sugar Film, will have you reading food labels like a detective. The movie shows an Australian man (Damon Gameau) consuming 40 teaspoons of sugar per day (what the average Australian consumes) for two months. He avoids the usual evils — soda, ice cream, candy, and other obvious sources — and instead eats foods often thought of as “healthy,” such as low-fat yogurt, fruit juice, health bars, and cereal — all of which are actually loaded with added sugar. Can you guess what happens? (If you’ve been reading our tips, you’ll know the punch line.) Well, it ain’t pretty: He gains a lot of weight very quickly, even though his calorie intake stays the same. He also starts to develop fatty liver disease (in just three weeks!), and by the end of this two-month experiment, he incurs early type 2 diabetes and increases his risk of heart disease. (Spoiler alert!) The good news is that once Damon stops eating the processed foods, his symptoms disappear. That’s why it’s never too late to start eating a more nutritious, whole foods diet. Not only is eating this way tastier, but it will also give you something even sweeter than all those processed items — a longer, happier life!

"Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.”     Bethenny Frankel

Posted on January 29, 2016 and filed under nutrition.