Moderate Your Sugar Intake

PLN reviews the downside and history of sugar and what you can do to limit your intake.

Published February 21, 2023

3 minute read

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Moderate Your Sugar Intake


Sugar has been a staple in human diets for centuries, dating back to ancient civilizations when it was considered a luxury and only accessible to the wealthy. However, in modern times, sugar has become a staple in our diets, often added to almost everything we eat without even realizing it. The negative impact sugar has had on American health is a growing concern, and it is important to understand the history of sugar and how we can reduce our consumption to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The history of sugar is a fascinating one, dating back to ancient civilizations in India, China, and Greece. However, it wasn't until the 18th century that sugar became widely available and affordable for the general population. The industrialization of sugar production allowed for mass production, making it more accessible and cheaper to purchase. This led to an increase in sugar consumption, which has continued to rise throughout the years.

The negative impact sugar has had on American health is well-documented. High sugar intake has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues. 

The World Health Organization recommends that adults and children limit their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their total daily energy intake. However, most Americans consume much more than this recommended amount. In fact, according to the USDA, the average American consumes around 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day. This is equivalent to 68 grams of sugar, or almost 17% of their daily energy intake.

One of the reasons why most people believe they eat less sugar than they actually do is because it is often hidden in foods that we don't consider to be sweet. For example, many processed foods contain added sugars, such as bread, ketchup, and salad dressings. Furthermore, many food manufacturers use different names for sugar on their labels, making it difficult for consumers to identify how much sugar is in their food.

To reduce your sugar intake and lead a healthier lifestyle, here are five strategies to satisfy your sweet tooth without over-consuming sugar:

  • Read food labels: This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your sugar intake. Be sure to look for added sugars in food labels, and pay attention to ingredients that are often used as sugar substitutes, such as high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and maltose.
  • Cook and bake at home: This way you can control the amount of sugar you use in your meals and snacks.
  • Opt for fresh fruit: Fresh fruit is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while also getting important vitamins and minerals.
  • Try natural sweeteners: Instead of using refined sugar, try using natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or stevia.
  • Practice moderation: Remember that a little bit of sugar can be a good thing, but too much can be harmful. Practice moderation and enjoy your sweet treats in moderation.

Sugar has been a staple in human diets for centuries, but its negative impact on American health is a growing concern. By understanding the history of sugar and being aware of how much sugar we consume, we can take steps to reduce our sugar intake and lead a healthier lifestyle. Remember, a healthy lifestyle includes as little added sugar as possible, so make sure to read food labels, cook and bake at home, opt for fresh fruit, try natural sweeteners, and practice moderation.


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