Sugar Awareness Week falls each year during the third week of January. The goal is to make people aware of the impact sugar has on their bodies. Here are interesting facts about sugar that people find surprising.
Most People Consume Three Times More Sugar Than They Should
On a 2,000 calorie diet, the American Heart Association recommends that women limit their intake to 25 grams a day. Men should consume no more than 36 grams. That’s 6 teaspoons of sugar each day for women and 9 for men. The average amount that is consumed is around 77 grams (about 20 teaspoons).
Sugar is Hidden in Many Foods
Many foods you buy contain added sugar, and some can be surprising. Nutritionists say that whole wheat bread is ideal. Whole wheat bread has around 2 grams per slice, while a slice of sourdough has less than 1 gram.
One single-serving container of low-fat fruit yogurt can have close to 50 grams of sugar. One serving of low-sodium tomato soup has as much as 10 grams of sugar. A 24-ounce frozen cheese pizza can have close to 30 grams of sugar.
Companies add sugar to granola bars, pasta sauces, packaged rice and pasta side dishes, salad dressings, marinades, and more. Reading labels is the best way to stop purchasing items with added sugar.
Excessive Sugar Intake Causes Metabolic Syndrome
Studies have linked metabolic syndrome to excess sugar intake. Metabolic syndrome is a condition with symptoms like high triglyceride levels, large waist size, prediabetes, and high blood pressure. When ignored, those symptoms increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease.
Senior citizens may not enjoy cooking meals anymore. Sometimes, it’s joint pain and muscle weakness that makes meal preparation unappealing. It can also be difficulties reading recipes, problems cooking for one, or a lack of interest in cooking after years of cooking for a family.
No matter why your parents rely more on foods with added sugar, a home care agency can help get sugar intake under control. Hire caregivers to prepare meals for your parents. They can read labels for your parents in the store and find better options for snacks than cookies or candy. Call a home care agency to start making arrangements.
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