Sugar: Why you should be more aware of your sugar intake

SO lets get a few things straight. I know a lot of people these days tend to be more health conscious about their food and drink choices. Summer is just around the corner, and pretty much every post on my Instagram feed lately has been of people getting prepped for the holiday season.

Anyway, this post is to help those who are trying to live a little healthier. The other day I purchased a drink that had 12 grams of sugar per 250 ml… even worse, that it was actually flavoured water that contained the whopping 12 grams of carbs.

People who are trying to cut back on unwanted carbohydrates, don’t think about the empty calories which come from these types of sugary drinks. Especially from water? Not to name and shame, but it was Volvic strawberry flavoured water, and when comparing it to Sainsbury’s own flavoured water, the difference was shocking, and the price.

Did you know you actually pay 60 p more for a bottle of water which contains 10x the amount of sugar than Sainsbury’s own make, which has no sugars in and only 2 grams of carbs per a full litre? As well as fuelling your body with drinks that are full to the rim with sugar, you’re actually paying more.

You would think that buying a flavoured bottle of water would be classed as a ‘healthy choice’ or at least healthier than a fizzy drink, or juice. But actually a can of coke contains less sugars than Volvic flavoured water, ridiculous right? Especially when they are trying to promote the water as being a healthy drink choice.

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This just stood out to me, and in-fact annoyed me a little that people can easily be misled into thinking they’re making a healthy choice for their body, when in-fact they’re not. You could actually eat THREE crispy creme doughnuts for the amount of sugar that is in Volvic’s flavoured water. Now I know which i’d prefer to use my sugar intake on.

People who are trying to lead healthier lifestyles, don’t actually realise the affect these empty calories are having on their diets. These drinks can actually ruin your progress. What many people don’t realise is that sugar is actually an addiction, and I found an interesting survey online which determines if you’re a sugar addict:

Are you addicted to sugar?

1. Do you struggle to walk past a sugary treat without taking ‘just one’?

2. Do you have routines around sugar consumption – for example, always having pudding, or needing a piece of chocolate to relax in front of the television?

3. Are there times when you feel as if you cannot go on without a sugar hit?

4. If you are forced to go without sugar for 24 hours, do you develop headaches and mood swings?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one of the questions above, you are addicted.

People tend to opt for ‘low fat’ when buying their meals, and get attracted to anything that is low calorie. Sometimes these low calorie options actually contain twice the sugar than (what is advertised to be) a less healthier option.

Added sugar drives your insulin levels up, messes with your metabolism, and causes those calories to turn right into belly fat, and can cause severe bloating. A sugar binge can affect your mental state too, causing headaches, stomach pains, which aid in  the loss of concentration.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the sugar label the next time you’re searching for some healthy foods to eat, and always double check that what’s being advertised as healthy, is actually good and nutritious for your body.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and that it has benefited the choices you make the next time you come to buy foods that you think are good for you!

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