Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Day 107- Nutrition Bite

Sweet treats are bad news because they typically deliver a load of calories with little or no nutrition. One more troubling fact: as our consumption of white sugar and flour rises so does the numbers on our scale rise. A study published in the Annual Review of Nutrition analyzed American diets and found that from 1970 through 2000, daily caloric intake among women ages 20 to 39 jumped from 1,652 to 2,028. But over the same period, the percentage of calories we were receiving from fats and protein decreased. Only the amount of carbs--particularly sugar--shot up. On the average, each of us consumes 25 pounds more sugar annually than women did when American Bandstand started airing in color. There's no dancing around it: sugar is a huge part of what's making us fat.

- Women's Health Magazine, April 2008

Sugar Preacher's Experience

I agree sugar is causing obsesity. My daily diet included a large percent of refined sugar before I started the sugar shun endeavor. Another piece of the obsesity puzzle is overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. Currently, I substitute refined sugars with fruit. However, fruit can be a temptation for overeating. When I notice an increase in my waistline, I simply go for a bike ride. The continuous battle against refined sugars helps me with weight maintenance and obesity.

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