If you're aiming to manage and control your diabetes, one thing is for certain and that is that you will be working hard to control your sugar intake.
But, do you know how much you're really eating? Most people don't have a firm understanding of just how much they take in on a regular basis and where their sugar is coming from.
Let's break it down for you so that you can see the full picture.
Your Sugar Intake
On average, it's estimated that we are consuming around 130 pounds of sugar each and every year! That's going to break down into around 22 teaspoons of sugar each day for adults. For kids, the picture is even worse. Our kids are eating up to 32 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is only setting them up for bodyweight problems and diabetes down the road.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day, so you can see the clear difference.
We are eating more than double the recommended allotment.
Where Our Sugar Is Coming From
So where are we getting all this sugar? What foods or beverages are the leading culprits in today's diet?
The biggest source of sugar is through the consumption of regular soft drinks. These are served up nearly everywhere you go and with 'supersized' portions, we're easily exceeding our recommended intake often within a single beverage.
Don't think opting for a diet soda is all that much better however. While it will help you slash your intake of sugar, the problem is that it still has you craving sweet tasting foods, so will have you continuously seeking more and more sugar.
Second to soft drink consumption comes the sugar found in candy and candy bars. You might want to think twice before grabbing that candy bar out of the vending machine during your mid-afternoon break.
The third biggest source of sugar in the diet today is through the high consumption of cakes, cookies, and pies. These are highly refined and not only often are rich in sugar, but fat as well.
If you want to keep your sugar intake down, avoid the bakery at all costs.
Fruit drinks are another source of sugar in our diets. You may think these are healthy because they're fruit flavored, but you need to re-evaluate that notion.
Fruit drinks often have just as much sugar as soda does, so it's no better.
Dairy products and milk are the next source of sugar in the diet. These can be easily curtailed with wise dairy selections and while they will still contain some sugar in the form of lactose, it's a far healthier variety and comes packed with protein from the dairy product so is a far wiser choice.
Finally, the last source of sugar that ranks in quite high as a contributing source is other grains. If you are eating highly refined flours or other baked types of goods, you'll be taking in sugar - or carbohydrates that act just like sugar, so these should be reduced or eliminated as well.
So get real about your sugar consumption. If you don't take steps to cut out all the obvious and lesser obvious sources of sugar in your diet, you could be in for more and more health problems down the road.