Too Much Sugar

March 14, 2018   17 Comments

Too much sugar is lurking in our processed food. What is hiding inside the bag?

Too Much Sugar

The product inside the bag shocked me into writing about sugar again. Three years ago, I wrote The Smoking Gun is Sugar and last month - What Are Added Sugars? (and lots of other posts).

I keep on talking about sugar because I think it is over consumed by the American public and most people aren’t even aware of how much they are eating. Wake up!!

Why this bag at this moment? I had the great privilege of travelling to Australia for a couple of weeks. When I flew back, I experienced Americans anew in the Los Angeles airport (LAX) and I noticed that most of them were sporting some extra pounds.

When you fly internationally, you have the disorienting experience of being in one country and, a few hours later, being in another land. Los Angeles had a diverse group of people coursing through it but most were Americans. They looked a bit heavier around the stomach area than the Australians I had seen 15 hours before.

At the airport, I needed to buy breakfast and I searched in vain for something healthy. Muffins, donuts, scones, croissants, cheese danishes, cinnamon buns….all in great supply!

Which brings me to this slice of cake:

Here are the nutrition facts for ONE slice of Iced Lemon Pound Cake:

470 calories, 20 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 68 g carbohydrates, 42 g sugar, 6 g protein, 1 g fiber, 310 mg sodium, 21 Freestyle SmartPts

I didn’t choose this for breakfast but it was an option from Starbucks. 42 GRAMS of SUGAR in one pastry. Wow! How long do you think it would take you to eat this? How many servings do you think this is?

Change your attitude right now and see this as FOUR servings. No one needs this entire piece of cake for a snack (and this would be a horrible breakfast - duh).

I went ahead and cut it up to see if I could eat a small slice and feel satisfied.

My results? Honestly, when I took the time to taste it – I didn’t like it. The lemon tasted artificial (even though they used real lemons to make it) and, surprise, it was too sweet.

I mindfully ate ¼ of this slice and moved on with my day without wanting more. Our bakery products have too much sugar!!

The extra pounds on Americans can be linked to:

1. Huge portion sizes
2. Too much sugar

How can you walk by all of this and not want to eat it? I am not superhuman and neither are you (I would guess).

How do you deal with too much sugar? Please share your experiences.

Other posts you might like:

What are Added Sugars?

What are Added Sugars?

What are added sugars? They are the sugars that are really hard to avoid in packaged, processed foods but things are about to get easier.....

Reduce My Sugar

The Smoking Gun is Sugar

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My Recent Late Night Eating
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Popcorn Ranch Dip (Grains)
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A Nature's Bakery Fig Bar (10 grams of Sugar)

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Salt is another bad ingredient. Guess its time to get back to basics!

I have always been a sweet eater and it's the reason I have struggled in the pass with my weight. I recently came across a recipe that I cam make quickly in my Vitamix. It's 1/2 cup dried figs, 1/2 cup raisins and 1 cup cashews. I roll in balls or spread on parchment paper in put in refrigerator. Delicious and very filling. It really helps me stay away from other sweets as it's satisfying.

As a successful Weight Watchers lifetimer, I realized that recently I was falling into my old trap of sugar indulgence! I hightailed it back to meetings a month ago and after some serious buckling down and withdrawal of sorts, I am back on track and the cravings are gone. Walk into a drug store today. Have you ever seen so many types of Easter candy available?

Help! Any suggestions for healthy hunt items? I'm having 2 little girls age 3 and 6 at my house for Easter Brunch and want to recreate a little egg hunt like I did for my own over 30 yrs ago. My kids had chocolate eggs, etc. however they were in it for the hunt mostly as neither was a candy fanatic. Isn't an Easter Egg Hunt one of those times where we just have to give in?

WOW!! Thanks Snackgirl!! I had NO idea of the sugar content of such a small pastry! Sugar is my downfall. Something I definitely am getting under control with WW!

It's not easy if you're grabbing something quick at a coffee shop or buying baked goods in grocery stores etc. Work isn't easy either because once you decide to be more of a healthy eater you really notice how many unhealthy foods people bring in to share. What saves me in public is because I'm vegan I usually can't eat any of the above. But, that said sometimes I come across vegan treats and that's harder lol.

What I normally do is make my own healthier baked goods and snacks or buy things like Larabars (only fruit and nuts) to carry with me. These things are all sweetened somehow but they do tend to be healthier.

The April 2018 edition of the Reader's Digest has an excellent article, 25 Ways Sugar Is Making You Sick. After reading it I have lost a lot of desire to eat so much sugar.

I like to watch some of the cookings shows on the Food Network and watching them helps you realize how bad our diets are!! They are always telling the contestants you need more SALT and if it’s seeet then more SUGAR!!! Really??? Of course, it makes everything taste good. That is why restaurants use so much of it. They just have normal people with no culinary skills cooking your food and they only know to add more, salt, butter and/ or sugar to make it taste better. So not healthy😩😩😩

The best ways I use to avoid sugar are: cooking and eating at home, taking RX bars or nuts to work with me for when I'm faced with cookies and pretzels and treats, and following every "treat" with a piece of fruit. Knowing I eat a piece of fruit after a piece of cake or a cookie seems to help me eat less of it.

It is so long overdue for America to wake up. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine. The best way to avoid sugar is to not start on it or you will be in a vicious cycle of wanting more. This includes artificial sweetners, honey, etc. Eat clean America.

When I'm jonesing for something sweet, I grab 3-4 dates. Natural sugar and fiber! That's got to be better than that pound cake, right?

Here are the nutrition facts for ONE slice of Iced Lemon Pound Cake:

470 calories, 20 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 68 g carbohydrates, 42 g sugar, 6 g protein, 1 g fiber, 310 mg sodium, 21 Freestyle SmartPts.

WOW!!! That is a lot of sugar for such a small piece. One has to also count the GRAMS of sugar in the CARBS. 4 GRAMS of sugar in each GRAM of CARB. This dessert not only has 42 GRAMS OF SUGAR, it has an additional 272 GRAMS of SUGAR if you count up the ones for the CARBS. Limit sugar and carb intake 6.5 days out of the week. The .5 day of the week is when you take one serving of your favorite sugary decadent treat and savor it till its gone. Make it a ritual! Guaranteed to help you lose weight. Bakeries are in business to sell sugary pastries and they can't stop making and selling them or they will go out of business. No business owner wants that. Moderation is the key to any foods we eat but sugar is the one that we have to pay double, triple the attention to before we put that sweet in our mouth.

Barbl -- re: an Easter Egg hunt that doesn't involve a lot of candy -- how about using shiny pennies and some dimes and nickles in a lot of the refillable plastic eggs. I am always delighted at how kids still get excited about finding the eggs and being satisfied with the coins.

Also -- a separate treat is making a trail on one's floor using a template of newspaper or such with the shape of a bunnies foot print cut out, and then sprinkled with baby powder. This can lead to a basket inside, and is easy to vacuum up.

I have a sweet tooth and don't fight it, my "gag reflex" has kept my weight under control, I weigh 110 lbs for 5 feet tall. I do limit how much I eat: 1 donut or 2 waffles with syrup. No added sugar in my tea, but I have been adding small amounts of cranberry/lemonade to my tea lately. No added sugar to my coffee. I eat no more than 4 jelly beans at a time, maybe 3 times a day. I do eat 6 crackers with peanut butter almost every day. I eat vegetables and fruit too, my latest fruit craving is fresh mandarin oranges. Every night I eat about 15 potato chips. I know I need to eat less canned and processed food, my biggest craving is pasta.

Having to be gluten free really helps with passing up the baked goods. Sugar is bad for health. I also try to avoid white flour products too. Wholesome food is the way to go.

@Snack Girl you are so right about sugar in America. I really think most of us have no clue that how we eat isn't "normal" worldwide. My husband was in Germany for 21 days. He ate a lot of sweet and rich (by their standard) foods and drank plenty of beer. He came back weighing exactly what he weighed when he left. He said the most striking difference was sugar. A raspberry tart tasted mostly of fresh raspberries with a touch of sugar. He said he, "could actually taste the cheese in the cheesecake," instead of just sugar. We had already cut way back on sugar so he thought the foods were terrific. But he overheard other Americans complaining once or twice.

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