Sugar Intake: Why Too Much Sugar is Bad for you

Posted November 25, 2017

As October comes to a close and we dive into November, we’ve had our fair share of candy and will soon fill up on pumpkin pie, ‘tis the season for people to start worrying about their sugar intake. Did you know that the average American consumes more than 150 lbs of sugar per year? (1) Sneaky sweeteners and added sugars are some of the main culprits that can even be found in not-so-sweet foods like granola bars, juice, yogurt, and even bread.

Typically the holidays are the time when we stock up on the sweet treats that lead to our annual New Year’s resolution to join a gym. But until the holidays are truly over, most people try to avoid thinking about just what goes into the delicious foods that are piling on their plates. This could especially be problematic if you have diabetes. All the parties and get-togethers with friends and family does not do any favors for one’s blood sugar. Diabetes can affect anyone and many people, especially adults, can have it without even knowing. The very issues we struggle with this time of year such as weight gain and sugar overload, in addition to other factors like age, can be causes of developing diabetes (2). It is important that people watch and keep track of what they eat, and keep their diets balanced even during this festive time.

So what can be done to help manage your diabetes and the amount of sugar you eat this holiday season? For starters, there is the classic eat everything in moderation (1). Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to ignore that cookie that is meant for Santa or that cup of eggnog. Just have a simple portion size and make sure you take the time to enjoy it. Keeping a regular eating schedule is very important, but perhaps also try eating a healthier meal before going to a party to avoid overindulging. As always, make sure you stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Even though the weather has gotten cooler it is still possible to get dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of sugar free beverages to help maintain your holiday cheer.

How people with Diabetes can enjoy things in moderation during the holidays?

  1. http://www.wakehealth.edu/Health-Central/NMR/Sugar-Intake/
  2. http://www.informationaboutdiabetes.com/articles/diabetes/who-does-diabetes-affect
  3. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
  4. https://www.diabeteseducator.org/docs/default-source/legacy-docs/_resources/pdf/general/AADE_Holiday_toolkit.pdf
  5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad
  6. https://www.livescience.com/36188-sugar-bad.html

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