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Daily recommended limit of sugar on food labels


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Oct 6, 2013 14:58
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  • Daily recommended limit of sugar on food labels

    I recently watched the season opener of the Fifth Estate (a show similar to 60 Minutes on USA television) – about the evils of sugar and what it is doing to the populations health around the world (it’s effects on diseases like diabetes to cancer and Alzheimer’s to name just a few).

    It was interesting for the most part – it opened my eyes up abit to what sugar does in the breakdown in our bodies (liver – wow does that take the brunch of access sugar).  My only concern was how it was made that sugar is EVIL – that we should really avoid it all together.   That’s not possible.

     

    Sugar is in in everything we eat – it’s either added – or its part of the natural structure of the item we are about to gobble down.  I do believe in reducing my sugar intake but for myself that’s mainly for my being a diabetic (and no – the type I have is not brought on by eating sugar or being overweight - SCREAM – the amount of times I’ve had to explain this to people).  My Type 1 diabetes is all to do with my autoimmune system destroying my pancreas which produces insulin, a hormone that enables the human body to get energy from food.   Capiche?

    What I wasn’t aware of when watching this show – that the American government over the past 5 years has been trying to persuade food manufactures to show more information on their food labels as to the “percentage” of sugar – just like  it shows for Fats, Salt.

    In the USA, there are no government recommended limits for sugar but the American Heart Association recommends 9 teaspoons (45 ml) for men, 6 (30) for women.  Meanwhile, USA lawmakers are trying to make information on sugar consumption clearer. ”

    To me – this makes sense – if you want to have a more informed population of what they are putting into their guts.  As we diabetics all know – especially those of us who match our insulin injections to our food intake – we scrutinize the food label like it’s a mystery novel!  Or at least I know I do. 

     
    Not only, what is shown on the food label, but also the ingredients that are listed on the food label – make a big difference to what I purchase and put on our table to eat.  And we always hope that what is shown on the label is truthful (even more so for those with food allergies – which could result in death).

    So, would looking at the percentage of sugar on the product you’re about to purchase make a difference to you?  Or would it just be another time consuming factor in your grocery isle experience?

    Personally for myself, even though I try to cook from scratch most of the time, yes, it would help determine my reason for buying a product to consume!

     

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Nov, 01, 2013 12:37 PM

    AmariT - that's interesting about your friend cutting her sugar consumption down to the equivalnet of 1 serving of fruit (which would be about 15 g - or 3-4 tsp of sugar).

    Like you say - sugar is in everything we eat - even if it's not the white stuff, etc. It's part of the natural composition of some of our foods (or converts into it once it's been digested). So, we can't REALLY get away from it, except by reducing the amount we use in our cooking we do at home, or choosing foods in a restaurant that we feel is good for us.

    To make out that sugar is that EVIL - is almost as bad as saying that religion is bad (but that's a whole other area of debate that could take us back to how the Crusades started, etc. etc.).

    Main thing, be your own advocate of your sugar intake - if you overdue it once in a blue moon - enjoy - it's not like it's going to kill you if you once in awhile splurge ;)

    Psst - I have ALOT of little bars of chocolate left over from Halloween - their good until May 2014 - I'm going to be a good diabetic (remember - I'm on insulin - I can cheat abit - tho' after recent blog post - I've gotta watch my intake).  I cannot hear the little chocolate bars calling out my name (darn - why did I have to write this out - now I hear them!!!! La, La, La, La ... I don't hear you).


    By: AmariT: Oct, 21, 2013 12:37 PM
    One thing I like about cooking is I know exactly what's in my food. Even when I fully read the labels, I feel like I don't actually have a good sense of what I'm putting in my body. 

    I haven't seen the documentary, and I certainly wouldn't say sugar is evil, but I think that there is way too much of it in way too much of our food. Sugar is added to things that have no business having sugar in them at all, except because we're so used to the taste of sugar in everything. I know I can't avoid sugar entirely (nor would I try) but I do avoid adding additional sugar to anything because I know I already eat so much without adding it.

    A friend of mine was trying to eat healthier (a worthy pursuit) and part of that was cutting down on sugar. I don't know where she got her nutrition information or how accurate it was, but I do know that the amount of sugar she was supposed to cut her entire daily consumption down to was fulfilled by one serving of fruit.  


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