How often do you think about your daily sugar intake? To be honest, I don’t think about mine very frequently; I don’t track anything that I should be tracking. I know that as I get older I should be tracking certain things like sugar, cholesterol, gluten, etc., but I just don’t. The next time you eat a cookie or order dessert at a restaurant, think of these benefits of sugar to make your belly feel a little bit better.
- Sugar comes from natural resources. Without using pesticides and other harmful products, the sugar that you eat is not harmful to the environment.
- Your skin benefits from sugar. Glycolic acid helps maintain the health of your skin by eliminating blemishes and restoring the balance in the skin’s oil.
- Feeling sleepy? Sugar provides your body with the lack of energy that you need to get through a rough day because of its high caloric count.
- If you’re feeling down in the dump, sugar is like a “high” in your brain. Although it’s a temporary feeling, sometimes that’s all you need for the rest of your day!
However, always remember the key to good health is moderation. The American Heart Association reports that most Americans consume an average of 22 grams of added sugar per day, much higher than the recommended 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.