No, technically. There are many studies showing that a diet high in vegetables and healthy fats (The Ketogenic Diet) can deliver all the energy our cells need and many diseases clear up just by following this diet. For the rest of us who just want to follow a regular diet, the amount of sugar the average person needs is 12 teaspoons. Even this may be too much for sedentary people.
What is Too Much Sugar?
Twelve teaspoons a day may seem generous but it is very small compared with the 60-70 teaspoons consumed in the average Western diet. 60-70 teaspoons of sugar is UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
Sugar in the western diet can add up quickly.
- 1 cup of milk = 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 bowl of breakfast cereal with milk = 8 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 cup of rice (cooked) = 9 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 banana = 5 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 baked potato (not including skin) = 7 teaspoons of sugar
- 2 slices of bread = 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 average soda/soft drink = 8 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 large soda/soft drink = up to 32 teaspoons of sugar
Poison or Moderation?
If you make it your goal to eat a maximum of 6-12 teaspoons of sugar or 30-60 grams of counting carbohydrates per day, you will be far ahead of the curve. But this sugar must come from ‘acceptable’ foods such as quinoa, a banana, a grapefruit etc
I really hope none of my readers drink fizzy drinks/sodas, if you do replace these with filtered water.
The unfortunate truth is that the average sugar intake in the modern Western diet is 60 to 70 teaspoons each day and this is causing disease. Hidden in bad foods such as: breads, cookies, cakes, pasta, parsnips, drinks, sodas, fruit juices, breakfast cereals, corn products, white rice, white potatoes and of course, all processed foods.
What Can I Do to Cut Sugar Down?
Sugar is addictive, it won’t be easy or simple to stop. Here are my tips:
- Reduce slowly with small steps. Be dedicated.
- Take Cinnamon27 before each meal or a drink containing high sugar as this blocks sugar absorption and mitigates the damage it does.