It’s the middle of November and I’m echoing the sentiment of where has this year gone? I had so many topics that I’d wanted to write about and bring to you and there just never seems to be enough time to get it all down. This month I decided to write about hidden sugars in the foods that we eat and drink as it’s come up many times, for one reason or another, in the past 30 days with clients and friends. I know that we are coming into the Holiday season so my timing of this may be welcomed and then again maybe not be :-).
I think most people realize that sodas are not a good thing to put in our bodies. They are full of high fructose corn syrup which also means a high sugar content which translates into a fatty liver, a big middle, weight gain, high triglycerides, insulin resistance aka diabetes, heart disease and empty calories. These sugary drinks cause an excess elevation of blood sugar levels, which tells the pancreas to make extra insulin to march out and rescue us by putting all those extra molecules of glucose/sugar in our blood into our fat cells for storage. Yes, insulin is a fat storing hormone!!! When you eat or drink something with a high sugar content, just think of putting on FAT.
So let’s take a look at what I mean. I used 16 oz as the serving size as that is the size of many of the freshly juiced bottles and Naked Green Juice (one of the original juices). Please note that the source of sugar found in the items with an * next to them is naturally occurring, mainly from fruit-some have a little bit of agave nectar (mainly fructose and highly processed) added as well. The grams refer to the amount of sugar found.
- 16 oz Coke: (The gold standard) 32 grams
- Nekter Juices: Raw * 18- 27 grams
- Jamba juice Smoothie 58 grams
- Naked Juice Green Drink * 56 grams
- Kerns Apricot Nectar 62 grams
- Cranberry cocktail 64 grams
- NonFat Milk * 24 grams
- Orange juice * 51 grams
- Acai bowls 28-40 grams
- Prego Spagetti sauce 1/2 cup 10 grams
- Cliff Bar 22 grams
As you can see, many of what has been listed here have more sugar than coke or close to it !!!! Are you surprised? If you are not, then you are way ahead of the game!!
IF the first ingredient listed in a juice is apple or some other kind of fruit, more than likely there is going to be a high sugar content. If there are two or more fruits listed first, it’s going to be even higher. If your juice is a combination of apples, carrot and beets, all of which have a very high sugar content, or they are the first ingredients listed, then you are in for a spike in your blood sugar up and putting a burden on your body. The best way to pick what you drink is by looking at the ingredients first and then nutrient label to see the grams of
was curious to see how much sugar I actually consume, so I wrote down what I ate and drank for two days and took an average. Although, I do eat pretty well, I am far from perfect but when it comes to sugar I do tend to eat less than the average bear. I averaged about 120 grams for the two days.
Little more on juicing…..