Don’t Get Tricked
Preparing healthy meals can take a lot of time, and that may tempt you to include convenient foods, like pre-packaged cereals, snack bars, and other easy-to-use meals, in your diet plan. While their labels might lead you to believe they’re good for you, don’t be fooled by clever advertising – many of the convenience items you see on the shelves contain high levels of hidden sugars. They’re not healthy treats – they’re tricks!
How Much Sugar Is Too Much?
The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day, and men consume no more than nine teaspoons of sugar per day. Unfortunately, we’re not keeping to those recommended limits: in fact, current sugar intake levels are way too high, which is why so many people are battling lifestyle-related diseases and conditions, like diabetes, obesity and heart problems.
While many diet plans hold sugar up as evil, that’s not strictly true. Some sugar should be in your diet, but it should be naturally occurring, not the refined sugars that are often added to food. You’ll find naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables and milk, while refined sugars are found in most processed foods and sauces. Scarily enough, refined sugars are sometimes difficult to identify, as they’re often hidden within food, or listed on the label under different names.
Finding those hidden sugars gets hard, especially when food labels don’t identify sugar directly. You may see a food label that refers to high fructose corn syrup, and think it’s okay – but it’s not! High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made from corn starch, and is significantly cheaper to produce than cane, granulated, or refined sugars. Often used as a sweetening additive for sodas (yes, even your diet ones), dairy products and even frozen meals, HFCS does not occur naturally and is not processed by your body in the same way the natural sugar you’ll find in an orange is. The next time you see HFCS on a soft drink label, or listed on any product you’re thinking about buying, put it back on the shelf.
Sugar Hidden In Your Food
Convenient health bars, snack products, low-fat condiments, dried fruit, and flavored yogurts are often seen as healthier options, but a little investigation into their contents will reveal that they’re anything but good for you. Low-fat foods are often loaded with artificial sweeteners, including that awful high fructose corn syrup we mentioned a little earlier. And while you may think that a granola bar is great, they often contain as much (or more!) sugar as your standard candy or chocolate bar. In fact, some doctors recommend that, if you’re looking to enjoy a treat, you may as well just eat a chocolate bar, and not be fooled into thinking your snack bar is a healthier option.
Pick The Right Kind Of Treats
Picking the right kind of treats to include in your healthy eating plan takes a little more time and attention than just browsing the health aisle, but it’s absolutely worth it. Opt for an apple slice, slathered in peanut butter; air-popped popcorn (skip the salt, and rather add a little grated Parmesan cheese to give it a high-protein kick) or enjoy a bowl of fresh fruit salad, for a colorful and crunchy snack.
Help Your Body To Better Manage Acidity
Consuming sugar increases the acidity levels within your body’s organs and systems. Cutting down on the amount of sugar you take in is vital, but so is helping your body manage all that excess acidity caused by consuming sugar. Adding an alkalizing multi-mineral supplement, like Multiforce®, to your daily routine will help your body manage the excess acidity so that your body can re-calibrate its acid/alkaline balance. Multiforce® is naturally flavored and contains no hidden sugars. Buy Multiforce® online and we’ll deliver right to your doorstep with FREE shipping!
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