SUGAR…It’s Everywhere. Lately I’ve been focusing my attention more and more on nutrition. Being a health and fitness guy I already had a keen interest in the importance of developing a healthy Personal Eating Plan. In fact I’ve designed, implemented and updated comprehensive P.E.P.’s for countless athletes and clients in the past. Only recently however have I truly started to more closely research sugar and it’s impact on total health and wellness.
Rather than rewrite ton’s of information that already exists, I am going to highlight some resources for you so that you may do some digging, and come to your own conclusions.
One very helpful web-site I’ve discovered is SUGARSCIENCE.ORG
I suggest you start your exploration there. If you’re a NetFlix subscriber, I recommend the documentary titled “FED UP”.(which may also be rented on YouTube for $3.99)
The scientific team at SugarScience.org recommends keeping all added sugars below the recommended limits of 6 teaspoons/day (25g) for women, and 9 teaspoons (38g) for men. The W.H.O. sets recommendations for total daily sugar intake for both men and women. The numbers may surprise you. In general the recommendation is no more than 5-7% of daily caloric intake.
Start tracking your daily intake and see how close (or how far off) you are to these recommendations.
Do yourself a favor and cut down on your sugar intake.
You’ll be glad that you did.
TAKU’s NOTE: This is a follow up on our podcast episode #19 “Should I go on a Diet?”. In it we talked a bit about processed sugar and why we think you should do your best to remove it from your P.E.P. I have been telling people for years that “BIG SUGAR” is a lot like “BIG TOBACCO”. The SUGAR pushers have been actively involved in a disinformation campaign for years. Newly discovered documents show that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to shape the debate around heart disease, sugar and fat. If our podcast didn’t help convince you to limit or remove processed sugar from your P.E.P., check out this article in the New York Times: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat