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.