Most people today know that soft drinks, white bread and pasta and chips are not healthy. Quick carbohydrates such as white, refined sugar is making your body older, stiff, bloated, wrinkled and fat!
Experts and interest groups such as the World Health Organization are worried about the amount of sugar eaten today. They recommend that you have no more than five percent of your daily calorie from sugar. That is about six to nine teaspoons (this equals 24 to 36 grams) of the sweet stuff per day.
However, when trying to figure out how much sugar is actually in your food, you might be in for a bit of a challenge. Most people are sugar overeaters but don't realize it. The reason is that lots and lots of processed store bought food contain huge amounts of sugar, far more than you would ever believe. Even savory food may contain lots of hidden sugar.
Sugar is a cheap ingredient that will add volume to the products, far cheaper than many fresh ingredients. Lost of sugar equals cheap production costs!
Most ready-made pasta sauces have between 1,5 to 3 teaspoons (this equals to 6 and 12 grams) of sugar per half-cup serving - the same amount you’d get from a chocolate chip cookie.
Many of the nutritional information labels you find on food in Dubai, do not distinguish between natural and added sugar. They only list the ‘total sugar grams’ line. Unclear nutritional information labels give you no information about what carbohydrates come from the natural ingredients (e.g. if it contains fruit) and what is added, basically. For these products, only the list of ingredients will reveal information about added sugar. But here you might be in for a bit of a surprise!
Food manufacturers use more than 56 names for sugar – some sounding more scientific than others. In the end, they all mean, "sugar." Keep this list in mind next time you do your grocery shopping and want to avoid hidden sugar in the processed food you buy.
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Your body rely on you to get vital nutrients from the food you eat. Your body takes care of millions of biological processes every day. Each process depends on certain components and building blocks - which you can only get from fresh, nutritious food, prepared in the right way.
Processed and industrialised prepared food does not give your body what it needs. It is not real food - it cannot give your body fuel to the millions of vital processes to function optimally. Poor quality food does not feed your body well - it only fills your stomach!