Friday, August 6, 2010

Sugar Facts Part One

I have been unsuccessful in finding the exact percentage of how much sugar dehydrates you, but I can tell you that I have read in a few medical magazine articles that when you drink something that contains sugar, it dehydrates you more than it hydrates you.
This includes soft drinks, kool aid, and any "on the go" packs you add to your water that contain sugar as an ingredient.

I know. That's not a fun thing to hear. But drinking water with a flavor pack -while not the best idea- is better than not drinking any water.

Here are some interesting facts found here:

In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year
In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year
In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year
And in 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one -half pound of sugar PER DAY- translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year

Sugar is loaded in your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods.

And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one, if taking formula.
I am so not okay with that.
Don't feel bad if you have sugar.
Sugars are good for you, in moderation. Even though I know all this stuff that is the key word that I sometimes struggle with. That's part of why I wanted to write these facts about sugar, so I could remind myself :-)

I think I'll write more things about sugars effect on the body another time. I have tons of info about it!

For now I'm going to consider making my aching body do some pilates, then eat some ice cream...


Helena on August 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM said...

You can't make me put this doughnut down.

Also, are you talking about refined sugar, or sugar in general? Because these raw carrots sitting next to me have sugar in them, and I would love an excuse not to eat them.

Annie on August 6, 2010 at 11:11 AM said...

Good Sugery facts! Love it!


Annie, age 29

About Annie

With everything I am responsible for at home, my ridiculous work schedule and my health problems, it makes it hard to keep working out on the front burner. But when I heard about this blog, I thought 'why not!'. I'm excited to get started and hopefully I won't die of exhaustion when this is all over!

Heléna, age 26

About Helena

I can't fit into my clothes! After getting married and being forced to eat my own cooking, I started gaining weight. The desk job didn't really help. I gained 30 lbs in the past year, and I can really feel it when I try to get dressed in the morning. I am really good at starting diet and exercise programs; but really bad at finishing them. And that's all about to change...

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