Did You Know These 5 Things About Sugar?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sugar

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Leah Payne | Alive.com

When we were growing up, we were told sugar would rot our teeth and make us hyper. But now research is showing that it’s a bit more serious than just being empty calories—it can do some hefty damage to our health. Oh, and it’s everywhere!

1. It’s hiding everywhere

Yup, pretty much everywhere. For example, whole grain breads can contain about 3 grams of sugar per slice, and storebought pasta sauces can have about 6 grams or more per serving. Yikes! To best limit our added sugar intake (aiming for about 5 percent of our daily caloric intake, or about 25 grams), we should become savvy label readers.

2. We’re addicted

Remember how we’re supposed to aim for about 5 percent (or less!) of our daily caloric intake from added sugars? Well, Canadians are consuming about 21.4 percent. Gulp. Plus, recent research has found that sweet flavours can produce addictive-like behaviours, promoting changes in the reward system of the brain that help to drive overconsumption.

3. It has surprising health consequences

Some of the health consequences of too much sugar aren’t overly surprising, such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. However, you may not know that too much sugar can also lead to fatty liver disease (no matter your weight) and even damaged memory.

4. There’s plenty you can do without sugar

Thankfully, there’s a simple solution: limit added sugars. Try these naturally sweetened desserts by recipe developer and writer Jennifer Danter to get READ MORE: http://www.alive.com/posts/view/1300/5_things_you_didnt_know_about_sugar_

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