We have become addicted to the simple taste of sweetness without any pronounced flavour, and it is showing in our health and on our hips. Though almost completely nutrient deficient, sugar – any sugar – is an incredible source of two things: calories and simple carbohydrates. The amount of sugar – 600 teaspoons or 12 ½ cups – the average person eats in just 30 days contains 9000 calories! That means that to burn that extra energy, a 150-lb woman would have to power walk, with a loaded grocery cart or stroller, for 30 hours. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have 30 extra hours on hand to dedicate to aerobic exercise. Even if I was to attend meetings or school for over 70 hours, I wouldn’t be able to burn off a month of sugar.
While our society cannot completely avoid sugar and it’s twins, the battle of the “sugar bulge” starts with cutting out the obvious sources of the sweetener. Slash handfuls of candy, corn-syrupy fruit juice and soda, watch the lattes and stop adding spoonfuls to anything and everything. If you’re worried about crashing to a sugarless horror, start slow – a teaspoon or can of pop a day – and when you do choose to sweeten, pick ingredients with a bit more to them than calories. Maple syrup and molasses both contain minerals such as iron, and honey is an antibiotic agent that’s twice as sweet as sucrose and more flavourful. Eventually, the ability to appreciate food for it’s taste and not it’s hidden additives will take over, and you’ll wonder what you ever did before.