Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – Sugar

You know what sugar is, it might even rule your world.  You’ve grown up in a world where sugar is cheap and plentiful, it’s awesome sweetness makes you want to eat your food – and the food industry knows this.  On the other hand, you’ve probably heard that sugar is poison or that it’s as addictive as cocaine, or that it’s linked to an increase in obesity and chronic disease. As such, you might have been convinced to give up sugar in favor of some zero-calorie sweetener.

Let’s take a closer look at sugar today to better understand sugar, the role that it plays in your life, and how you can change your relationship with sugar without going crazy.

You’ll learn what sugar is, the various names for sugar (get the list here!), a brief history of sugar, how much sugar are we’re eating, the recommendations for sugar intake (World Health Organization recommendation, American Heart Association Recommendation), about labels and added sugar (FDA), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and your health, sugar isn’t the only culprit – it’s holistic picture, and the ancestral perspective with respect to sugar.

FYI – Sugar has 16 calories per teaspoon. A teaspoon is about 4 grams.