Food Label Friday: Carbohydrates and Sugar

This is where the primary focus should be, because when it comes to fat loss and our overall health, sugar is the killer.

Carbohydrate and sugar is really where it’s at when it comes to controlling our blood sugar, insulin, and body fat. It is SO easy to eat a lot of carbohydrate, and sugar is in just about everything. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a maximum of 150 calories a day from sugar for men and 100 calories per day for women. Doesn’t sound like much, but that is still 9 and 6 teaspoons of sugar per day respectively. Consider that 12 ounces of most soda has 33 grams (or about 8 teaspoons) of sugar, and you can see it adds up fast.

For some great perspective on how much sugar is in the foods we commonly eat, check out – it’s eye opening!

And it’s not all about sugar either. There are a lot of non-nutritive carbohydrates packed into most cereals, crackers, pastas and even “nutrition bars”.

A good rule of thumb when eating foods containing carbohydrates is each serving should have less than 10 grams of sugar and more than 3 grams of fiber. This will help keep your sugar and insulin from going nuts – just don’t eat 2 or 3 servings at a time – it adds up!

Until next time, keep on reading!


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