One of the latest trends for those who are attempting to lose weight and those who are health-conscious and concerned about what’s in their food is Clean Eating.
They are right to be concerned. Food labeling can be unclear and even deliberately deceiving. There are also contradictory types of information about what to eat and avoid. And foods that seem healthy are often not what they are claimed to be.
With increasing obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the USA, particular scrutiny is being paid to the origins of sugar in what we eat. This is part of an attempt to cut down or steer clear of these maladies completely.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health article entitled The Nutrition Source, says:
The average American adult, teenager, and child consumes about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or about 270 calories. While we sometimes add sugar or sweeteners like honey to food or beverages, most added sugar comes from processed and prepared foods
Another related by, heart.org article entitled Added Sugar states that:
The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 6 percent of calories each day. For most American women, that’s no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons
Candy, cake, cookies, and other dessert-type foods are the apparent culprits for sugar and many other chemicals. So, they should be the first to be removed when you begin clean eating. If you consume dessert, it should be made with all-natural foods and eaten sparingly, with strict adherence to tight control of portions.
Many people who start a clean eating practice begin with a sugar detox because studies have shown just how addictive sugar can be. Sugar creates a rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows, changes mood, and increases cravings.
Those with a sweet tooth tend to be emotional eaters who grab sugary treats when stressed, bored, or want to ‘reward’ themselves somehow. Think about the foods we eat on birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions and you will get an idea of just how common it is for sweets to be used as a bonus.
Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t
A Nature’s Valley granola bar sounds like the perfect healthy snack until you read the label and see how much sugar, salt, fat, and calories it contains. Instead, you can make your own trail mix with raisins, craisins, and almonds. It will be more suitable for you and probably even cheaper pound for pound. Use fruit like apples and berries for desserts.
Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Substitutes
Clean eating means eliminating these from the diet. It, therefore, means learning how to make your own salad dressing, ketchup, and others. Read most food labels in the store, and you will find artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes as part of the ingredients. They might be disguised as dextrose and flavorings, but they are usually sugar and can trigger cravings.
Try clean eating to eliminate sugar, and see its positive impact on your health.
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