Meredith Atwood - Sugar affects our health in more ways than you might think. Everyone knows that sugar is everywhere—a complete barrage in our lives. Many of us know that sugar is detrimental to our health, but yet, we continue to eat it. Part of the problem is that it’s often difficult to even know we are eating and drinking it.
We easily recognize where sugar is present—like cake, cookies and soda—but one of the big things to realize is that sugar is also lurking in not-so-obvious places. Did you know that simple items like breakfast items and cereal and yogurt have added sugar—and sometimes even more than a donut? Sugar is added to salad dressings and marinara sauce and even salads at some restaurants! Sugar is very sneaky and can be hidden in so many places.
Is sugar really an addiction? There is evidence that goes both ways, but anyone who has a notorious “sweet tooth” can understand what sugar feels like when we “need” it. Rene Ficek, a registered dietitian and the lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating points out that “For many of us, indulging in these foods has created an insatiable sweet tooth.” Essentially, the more we eat sugar and sugar-laden foods, the easier it is to continue craving it, and the vicious cycle continues.
The greatest way to kill the sugar “addiction” is to read nutrition labels and take action to avoid these unnecessary added sugars.
Meredith Atwood is a coach, Ironman triathlete, motivational speaker and writer. She is the author of “Triathlon for the Every Woman,” and the co-founder of numerous wellness programs ranging from health, fitness and mental performance. Learn more at www.MeredithAtwood.com