I’ve been taking a close look at my diet over the past few days and I’ve discovered one fact: I really like sugar.
Like many Americans, my sugar intake is much higher than it should be. The average is around 90 grams, when for adult women, it should be around 20 and for adult men, 35.
I thought, “Oh, there’s no way I get the average amount of sugar. I must be much lower.” So I looked at my diet. On Tuesday, a day where I ate no sugary sweets, my intake was 80 grams. Where did it come from? Some of it was in my protein shake, but most was from the two pieces of bread I splurged on at dinner and the fruit I snacked on. I must have had a lot of fruit, right? Nope, only around 130 calories of oranges and strawberries.
Of course, fruit is healthy and shouldn’t be avoided completely, but I need to make sure there is balance. Not all of the sugar I had on Tuesday was good sugar. And it’s so easy to pop a hard candy in my mouth. More sugar. Plus there are all the products out there with added sugar. It’s an easy way for weight to creep on.
One thing to remember is that with a lot of products that are low fat, sugars are added to replace the flavor lost by removing the fat. You have to decide what’s right for you, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Honestly, I think it will be tough for me to get within the recommended sugar allowances, but it’s a good goal to work towards. If nothing else, being mindful of added sugars should help improve my diet. It’s all about knowledge.