“I am a fierce critic of sugar and I believe that, in fact, it may have killed more people prematurely than tobacco. The disorders for which it is the main suspect, obesity and type 2 diabetes, in turn raise our risk for virtually all major chronic diseases, from heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”
- Gary Taubes, co-founder of the Nutrition Science Institute, as stated in the New York Times.
70% of processed food contains added sugar.
Food that might surprise you that contain added sugar:
All boxed breakfast cereal
Potato chips + other ’salty’ snacks
Almost all supermarket bread
Breaded frozen chicken
Many plant-based milks
Deli meat, salami, ham, etc
Most protein powders have artificial sweeteners
In addition to the obvious:
candy, cakes, cookies, pies and cobblers, sweet rolls, pastries, and doughnuts.
dairy desserts, such as ice cream and yogurt.
soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and juice drinks
Read labels, sugar or any version of it ending ‘ose’ shouldn’t be in the top 5 ingredients
Try to wean your family off processed food. Fruit is nature’s candy, let your kids eat a bowl of cherries.
Make these foods are considered ‘treats’ and not daily staples.
Adults should detox to get a real sense of how sweet many of these processed products truly are - recalibrate your taste buds and tolerance levels for this drug.
Once a week make a homemade dessert with healthier alternative (see my blog for some great ideas!). Dessert doesn’t have to be daily - you set the standards in your house.
Make sure you are getting lots of healthy fats: avocado, coconut, cacao nibs, chia seeds.
Make sure you are getting lots of healthy carbs, kids in particular need a lot carbs to stay active and grow. I recommend you rely mostly on gluten-free options like oats, potato, rice, GF pasta and fruits.
Interested in support to get your family back on track this fall? My next group program ReEnergize Your Household, starts in September and focuses on just that! You can check it out via the link below or email me with any questions you might have!