October 23rd, 2014
Repeat after me . . . SUGAR IS TOXIC!
Does the word “telomeres” ring a bell? If not, let me tell you why you need to know about them. Telomeres are the tiny caps at the ends of our chromosomes, and they are an important marker of a person’s age. In other words, as we get older, they naturally get shorter.
So what does “telomere length” have to do with sugar, you might be afraid to ask?
Sugar over-consumption shortens the length of a cell’s telomere which leads to cell aging which leads to overall premature aging! According to a report (October 16, 2014) in the Journal of Public Health, the study entitled “Soda and Cell Aging: Associations between Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Leukocyte Telomere Length in Healthy Adults From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys” revealed a link between sugary soda intake and shorter telomeres!
It turns out that drinking one 20-ounce soda a day (16.9 teaspoons of sugar) can add more than four years of telomere aging. That’s the same diminished telomere length as a smoker’s!
The reason I asked if the word “telomere” rang a bell is because last month it was reported that meditating, yoga and having a positive outlook can protect a cell’s telomere length by increasing the enzyme “telomerase.”
This is a no-brainer!! BE HAPPY AND STOP SUGAR!!
June 30th, 2013
Whoaaaa – I know it’s hard to believe but one simple snack can be three times the amount of sugar that’s considered an “ok” daily intake amount. I say “ok” because there really isn’t a recommended daily “healthy” amount since sugar in the form of Sucrose or High Fructose Corn Syrup isn’t needed in any amounts. In other words, added sugars have zero nutritional value.
Wait . . . don’t look below just yet because I want you to know what is considered an “ok” daily intake first. According to the American Heart Association, women should limit their daily sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons (or 24 grams), and men should limit intake to no more than 9 teaspoons (or 36 grams). And kids . . . those humans who love, love, love sugar . . . should consume even less per day. Preschoolers – no more than 4 teaspoons (or 16 grams); elementary school age kids – no more than 3 teaspoons (or 12 grams); and pre-teens and teenagers – no more than 5 to 8 teaspoons (or 20 to 32 grams).
Now get ready to be shocked and check out the snack below; a familiar one consumed at baseball games, town parks, amusment parks or anywhere there might be a concession stand. A Hawaiian Punch drink, a bag of Skittles candy and a lollipop could add 31.9 teaspoons of sugar and 595 calories to your (or your kid’s) diet if consumed all at once. Crazy, shocking stuff!!!
June 17th, 2013
The nutrient label on your favorite drink is helpful, right? For example, the label on a 20-ounce bottle of Hawaiian Punch says it has 29 grams of sugar per serving. Good information, right? I mean . . . grams are a whole lot less than ounces, and Hawaiian Punch is almost juice, right?
Well, I hate to tell you, it’s not completely right. Food/beverage labeling is definitely a step in the right direction but very few people can look at a label and quickly know if the item is a healthy choice or not.
Here’s the reality. A 20-ounce bottle of Hawaiian Punch actually contains over 18 teaspoons of sugar. Yes, 18 teaspoons! Imagine adding 18 teaspoons of sugar to your morning coffee. You wouldn’t do it, and you wouldn’t knowingly give your children that much sugar either.
Because we’ve all grown up with teaspoons in our kitchens, we can visualize how much a teaspoon amount is, and we know without a doubt that 18 of them are a lot! A teaspoon is a much more easily understood and recognized measurement than a gram. Can you visualize how much a gram is? Probably not.
Remember . . . “one” teaspoon of sugar is approximately equal to four grams of sugar. Simple math!!!
June 13th, 2013
Finally, my health blog, A Teaspoon of Sugar, is up and running again. I’ll be posting sugar levels for many popular food and beverage items every week. Meanwhile, take a minute and read through my previous posts and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
March 7th, 2012
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October 5th, 2010
One teaspoon = approximately 4 grams
A Teaspoon of Sugar provides straightforward, proactive information on sugar metabolism and how too much sugar intake can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, learning difficulties, acne, tooth decay and poor athletic performance. This blog is a tool, a visual guideblog, an educational aide, and a practical support method for determining, without a doubt, whether or not a consumable has too much sugar in it.
September 28th, 2010
Too much sugar intake leads to high insulin levels in the body. High insulin levels will suppress two important groups of hormones – glucagons and growth hormones. These hormones are needed for burning fat and promoting proper muscle development. In other words; when there’s too much sugar in the body, there’s also too much insulin; too much insulin means too little glucagons and growth hormones. Too little glucagons and growth hormones causes the body to “forget the muscle.”
September 9th, 2010
No Fear Super Energy – 16 fl. oz.
Serving Size = 8 fl. oz.
Servings per container = 2
Calories per container = 260
Sugar grams per container = 66 grams
Teaspoons of Sugar per container = approximately 16.5 teaspoons of sugar
= approximately 4 grams of sugar
August 31st, 2010
Tropicana Pink Lemonade 20 fl. oz.
Serving Size = 8 fl. oz.
Servings per container = 2.5
Calories per container = 250
Sugar grams per container = 65 grams
Teaspoons of Sugar per container = approximately 16.25 teaspoons of sugar
August 14th, 2010
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) believes consumers are being misled by the name “Vitaminwater” and its counter names “Defense,” “Energy,” and “Revive.” And Judge J. Gleeson from the U.S. District Count for Eastern District of New York agrees. Although the beverage does offer minimal amounts of vitamins and minerals, a 20 ounce container also contains a significant amount of added sugar – 8.12 teaspoons!
This is a victory for the consumer who wants to eat/drink more healthfully. It’s sending a message to the big corporations that we no longer will be taken advantage of by misleading healthful claims.