By: Michael Beiter
A couple weeks ago I stumbled across a documentary on Netflix called That Sugar Film. In it the host decided to experiment on himself and see what would happen to his body and health if he ate the amount of sugar the average European consumed daily.
He aimed to buy 'healthy' food products and use them as the bulk of his diet. Unbeknownst to him they all contained massive amounts of added sugar.
It was not long before his blood pressure went up, he gained fat, lost sex drive, energy, and focus, and overall took a major hit to his health. He developed pre diabetes in a matter of months along with several other metabolic and mental disease indicators. All from sugar.
If you didn't know already, we eat too much of it.
A quick Google search revealed:
'The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which amounts to an extra 350 calories. (27) While we sometimes add sugar to food ourselves, most added sugar comes from processed and prepared foods. Sugar-sweetened beverages and breakfast cereals are two of the most serious offenders.''
After watching the film I went to eat some beef jerky to get some protein in. In a single serving there were 8 grams of added sugar. This was a popular brand too. I decided right then and there to get this consumption under control.
I now limit myself to 50 grams of sugar daily and try to keep 'added sugars' as low as possible.
In 2016 the FDA started requiring food manufacturers to include 'added sugars' under the carbohydrate nutrition facts on the label. Before that it was open game for them to add ungodly amounts of sugar to their products without telling the consumer.
Another benefit to reducing added sugars by cutting down on processed and manufactured foods is the increase in good carbohydrates that contain fiber.
I aim to get 35 grams of fiber daily too.
The sugar/fiber modification to my carb intake is a bit more restriction than I'm used to. But I can already notice increased energy levels, better ability to focus, less volatility to my mood, and less body fat.
Today I talked to a client who started worikng on the same experiment.
"My fuckin skim milk has 11 grams of sugar per serving. I went to eat a health bar from Hy Vee and it has as much added sugar as a Snickers bar. My beef jerky was the same story too!"