Continuing on our sugar trend, limiting added sugars in your diet is truly key for superior health and beauty. Not only does sugar lead to weight gain and obesity, it also contributes to high blood pressure, elevated levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood, and created advanced glycation end products (AGE’s), which lead to wrinkling and aging of the skin.
The American Heart Association has set guidelines for added sugars in the diet, which are for no more than 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day for women, a maximum of 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily for men, and no more than 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day for children. To be clear, these amounts are specifically for added sugars, and do not include sugars naturally contained in fruit.
You might think you are doing well by forgoing a Snickers bar or ice cream for dessert, but in this segment I talk about hidden sugars in every day foods where you may not realize how much sugar you are really getting. Sneaky! For instance, in plain, fat-free yogurt, there can be upwards of 28-32 grams of sugar in one little container. Another big one is fat-free salad dressing. A cup of fat-free Thousand Island contains a whopping 43 grams of sugar! You’d be surprised at how high the amounts are that may be dalloped on salads in a restaurant. All bottled smoothies (even so-called “natural” ones) should be avoided, not only because they are high in sugar, but because they are pasteurized and will not supply anything close to the benefits of fresh smoothies .
Be aware- and make replacements in your daily diet (green smoothie diet!) to improve your health… and your skin.
How many grams of sugar are in the GGS?
Thank you for posting this segement! I was just in the grocery store the other day examining my labels for sodium and sugar content and was just amazed by how much sugar ”healthy” food contains!
and thank you for sharing your thoughts on bottled smoothies being pasteurized. as easy as they are to grab, i’ll try to commit to making my own smoothies wtih almond milk & fruit from now on! It’s much cheaper to make your own as well as being healthier for you!
The information provided in this article/clipwas incomplete; the title said “7 things…” but the clip only mentioned 4 things before it ended (yogurt, tomato sauce, cereal, and premade smoothies), and the article below the clip added one more- salad dressing. What are the other 2 things?
I used to love Bolthouse drinks…..glad I traded them for the GGS!
Sugar is my BIGGEST weakness. I’ve tried to do the blossoming phase several times but so addicted to EVIL sugar I find I can’t stick with it. This is added motivation.
I’ve found your pure protein smoothie really satisfies my cravings. Is this ok to have? And any extra tips to help free us sugar addicts from this bane to our beauty and health?
Hey Kim! What do you use to freshen your breath throughout the day? I want to stop relying on mints and chewing gum.
Love this video! It’s amazing how much sugar we all eat.
Quick Beauty Question- I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for almost 10 years (since I was 15) with no luck. Iv’e tried everything (B Vitamins, Biotin, Viviscal, I’ve gotten Blood Work done which says I’m not missing anything, massage my scalp, haircuts) and no results! I eat a Vegetarian diet with tons of vegetables (including your green smoothie) everyday. Any advice on what could be stopping my hair from growing?
What is your opinion on Shakology shakes? The ingredients seem great, but I would love your opinion on this product.
I love that you covered this and the title made me smile. I always make my own marinara and people ask me why bother. They are always shocked when I tell them you have to watch out for the sugar in jarred sauces.
Thanks for all of your inspiration and wisdom
What is your take on salicylates in citrus fruits and especially in supermarket organic and non organic fruits and vegetables.
Many yogurt’s are high in sugar, but Plain yogurt has no added sugar. The sugar listed on the label is lactose.
I saw you this morning on Good Day LA! Can’t wait to try the Spring Beauty Smoothie 😀 I was wondering when would be the best time to consume this drink?
Also, a couple more questions 😉
I bought a bag of dried apricots but noticed they contain sulfur dioxide, is this ok?
Lastly, I was reading that certain foods such as spinach, sweet potatoes, and tea act as iron absorption inhibitors. So I was wondering if I have a cup of tea how long should I wait before eating iron-rich foods?
Thanks again for answering our questions!
Thanks for posting! It is seriously shocking how far we’ve come in the Standard American Diet. I’m glad we have someone to be vocal about the need for change in our diets. I love Stevia as a sugar substitute.
It’s no wonder so many commercial foods are laced with sugar. The insulin spikes high sugar foods cause just make you crave more and more of these foods which is great for the companies’ bottom line. Not so great for my bottom.
You know, Kimberly, I would like to thank you… for reminding me of a time back to my childhood. We used to have a big tomato garden. My folks still do, but half the size of what it was growing up in the 70s-80s. We made our own sauce and it was so delicious. It could take hours to do… I would eat like there’s no tomorrow and never gained weight. Times sure have changed:) …It wasn’t until 2003 that I started to go more commercial. I was so burned out to cook, and I went out to eat a lot as a result. The days that I didn’t, I usually cooked up something fast and easy. It wasn’t long after… that I fell very ill and now, I’m just recovering after pushing really hard… fighting for my life …coming back from a bad case of (undiagnosed) lyme disease and hereditary breast cancer. When you’re sick or just burned out, you don’t have much energy to cook good homemade meals everyday. For me, it wasn’t about being lazy. It’s a great idea to cook when you do have time or feel up to it… make time and freeze it for later. I never really had a big kitchen to cook in… always tiny, but, now, I finally have some great cookware, pretty expensive. My mother saved it for me all these years, like since I was a kid for my hope chest — my big wedding gift. And since my wedding date was canceled last year (undergoing chemo), she felt it was long over due. It makes cooking more enjoyable for sure. Well, I could go on and on… just wanted to wish you continued success, and I look forward to reading your posts in the future! God bless~
Thank you so much Kimberly! Really need to gain weight and get periods back after they stopped after losing too much weight! I’m working so hard to kill my candida and have been following Blossoming Beauty, but mostly raw and very little cooked food and no meat at all. I’m upping my nuts and avocados and protein smoothies. I’m nervous about ruining my metabolism. Any help would be amazing! Your book changed my life! Thank you so much!
Also, recommend a liquid B-12/B-complex vitamin b/c checked mine and it had brown-rice sugar in it (ahh!) any ideas?
I am wanting to find out what Kimberly suggest for a person with Graves Disease and Hypothyroidism? I was diagnosed a year and 4 months ago with this horrible disease. I have since gained 50 pounds and it is affecting my eyes. My eyes are not protruding like most Graves patients do, it is under my eyes that are staying puffy die to the fat tissue and muscle the eye dr told me. I am trying to go all natural and was wondering if you could share something with me in regards to what I can take or do for 1. Loosing the weight from this and 2 for my puffy eyes..
Loved you on Dr. Oz..
I was just in an accident and had facial reconstruction surgery and jaw wired. The machine I have is not working good enough and neither is the one you recommend. Can you please recommend a juicer? I need to get one (or have someone get me one) on internet ASAP as my health will be suffering soon if I cannot get my smoothie and juices made and eaten soon. THANK YOU !!
hey Janice I happened to notice your comment…I use the ninja blender. It has six blades that go up into the blender in a column and it works wonders! I can throw everything in there whole (I am talking apples and celery and ice, etc) and it completely breaks it down, making the glowing green smoothie super easy to drink. I also make salad dressings, vegan ice cream, and many other things in it. I think the blender by itself is 100$, but it’s tough and it works. I use mine two or three times a day! 🙂 I don’t really like blenders that only have blades at the bottom. As for juicers, I’m not sure. I gave away my Jack Lalanne juicer because cleaning it was a PAIN, and I prefer my GGS and all other smoothies to be really thick like a meal 🙂 But maybe google easy to clean juicers. Amazon also has everything and usually at a discounted price! Good luck and feel better 🙂
I am having a bit of difficulty. I absolutely LOVE your website, and following the detox plan in your book has led to a world of positive changes for me in my everyday life. I feel amazing, and at 28 people tell me I look barely 18. (I’ll take THAT compliment ANY day, haha!) However, I wondered if you have any recommendations for bread. I am on a search for gluten-free vegan bread and/or flatbread. Does anyone make this at any health food store? I cannot make it myself at home…I have zero time to do so! Any suggestions as to what you use for open faced veggie sandwiches, etc. would be a HUGE help! Again, thank you so much for advocating for the plant based way of eating. (I REFUSE to call it a diet, because it is a lifestyle!!) 😀 You are changing the way people think and it’s amazing. One person truly can make a difference! You’re gorgeous, inside and out!
Hey Kim. I have read your book twice but I do have some questions that concerned me. I crave bread and sweets like crazy when I’m tired or emotional. I do cardio workouts on the treadmill about 5 times a week so I am not sure how much food my body actually requires and how much I’m just thinking I need. I am only 18 so I don’t have a high enough income to purchase all my groceries organic, is soaking them in apple cider vinegar enough? I enjoy the taste of healthy food I just have found this all to be very expensive and time consuming. Am I over thinking things?
Yes don’t worry so much. Since you’re working out a lot, eat quinoa, millet and chia seeds. Chia seeds are about $7 for a bag, and all these foods are inexpensive. Do your best for organic and check out my budget blogs. Soak if you can’t get it all. But just by eating a plant-based diet you are doing much better than getting all the hormones, steroids and toxins from eating lots of dairy and meat products. Keep millet bread and brown rice wraps in the house for when you crave something like that and make avocado and sprout wraps, which are inexpensive also. xx
Hi again, I will definetly look into that. Thank you so much for the great tips! You have no idea how your book has transformed my life, I still haven’t been able to fully embrace the proper habits but I keep trying. I was wondering is organic sprouted bread okay? And organic steel cut oats? And is 90% dark chocolate okay if I’m REALLY craving chocolate? Sorry for all the questions! I’m just eager to make progress