Do you read the label?

Woman reading book

Have you ever noticed that some of the so-called “healthy foods” have an enormous amount of sugar in them? It’s almost as if they are making up for the weird flavoring they have to use. The recommended daily intake of sugar for women is 25 grams and 38 grams for men. That may seem like a little bit but in retrospect, it is 2 to 3 tablespoons based on the person. I know what you are thinking, “I eat way more than 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar a day!” And you are not alone. The majority of people these days eat way more sugar than they should. This can lead to many different health issues.

Putting it into perspective

Let me put this in perspective for you a medium-sized banana ( 7-inch or 118grams) has about 20 grams of carbs and 14 grams of sugar. So if you were a woman you could only eat 1 banana a day and many fruits produce the same amount and sometimes higher levels of sugar.

You may argue that fruits and vegetables provide natural sugar, while other foods like Apple Jacks has refined and manufactured sugar. Natural sugar is better for you but you won’t always have the option of having natural sugar available.

If you aren’t reading the labels on the products you buy, then you are doing your body a great disservice. You can never out-exercise a bad diet, even if you think it’s a good one. Brown rice has more carbs than white rice but it also has more protein.

The takeaway

Sometimes food can be a double-edged sword and that’s a harsh reality. If you want to eat better think about balancing what you eat. Have some sweets but not too much. You can have fried foods but only once in a while and stock up on plenty of vegetables and protein. Life can be really complicated but eating something delicious shouldn’t be.

As always, Stay happy, stay healthy, and keep moving forward.

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