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Sugar… Not So Sweet

By September 4, 2014September 23rd, 2015Healthy Living, Recipes, Weight Loss

Sugar… Not So Sweet


You may be surprised about how much sugar your family is eating. As a doctor who helps women get healthy, I know I was …

Lets look at some trouble areas:

The average American eats 150lbs of sugar per year…and…50% of sugar in the diet comes from beverages and baked goods. That’s right; you can reduce your sugar intake by half if you cut out the dessert and the drinks!

Check this out: 1 bottle of 20oz soda has 13 teaspoons of sugar

I’m a big fan of flavored seltzer and watered down juice. Those act as good soda replacements.

Another area that women get fooled is when a product states that it is “fat-free.” Items that are “fat-free” have as much or more sugar than foods that have more fat. It’s the sugar that makes us fat ladies not the FAT!

For Example: “Reduced fat” nilla wafers have 26 teaspoons of sugar in the box. That’s 2.5 tsp per serving!

Plus…Sugar is added to many foods you just wouldn’t think of. For Example: Crackers, breads, cereal, salad dressing, and peanut butter… All of these items have ½ tsp-2 teaspoons of sugar per serving!

You’re probably not thinking that the salad you had for lunch had sugar in it but if you used a standard salad dressing chances are it did.

Jif peanut butter contains ¾ teaspoon of sugar per serving. So the next time you make your kid a peanut butter and jelly sandwich think twice. I recommend selecting no sugar peanut butter; the bread and the jelly are sweet enough.

Articicial sweeteners are hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar. Even though a product is labeled sugar-free it can change your taste buds towards craving sweeter foods.

Here’s what you need to know when reading package labels:

5g = 1tsp (5 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon)

So when you are reading labels check to see how many grams of sugar are in each serving.


-Be Healthy, Happy and Holistic

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.

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