Friday, February 22, 2013

Salt and Sugar- Limit and Avoid

 We are all born with cravings for particular tastes and these usually come in the form of salty or sweet foods. Biologically, we do need certain amounts of these nutrients in our bodies for survival. Sodium is essential for basic functioning of our organs and nervous system. 

Sugar is found in most fruits we consume in the form of Sucrose, Glucose or Fructose. Sugars from fruit are essential for earl;y man's survival because they would easily convert into fat in the body before winter. 

The problem, as always, is practicing moderation when consuming salt and sugar. These two nutrients can become dangerous to your body and cause illness when eaten in large amounts on a daily basis. The average American diet consumes far too much sugar and salt to be considered moderate - many processed foods contain high levels of granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup, such as many cereals, granola bars, juices, sodas and cookies. 

Sugars that are good for you are found
naturally in fruit

When you eat the refined sugars that are found in packaged foods and not in nature, you are putting "empty calories" into your body. Nutritionists refer to this type of sugar as "empty" because they lack any real nutritional value. What's even worse is how addicting these sugars can be- giving you a temporary high and false energy, followed by a sugar crash that leaves your brain and body feeling deprived and craving more. 

Foods that contain simple carbohydrates such as those found in potatoes, bread and pastas, are really a simple sugar that can cause inflammation which can lead to heart disease when eaten in large quantities through out your life.  

To keep too much sugar out of your kitchen, make it a habit of reading Nutrition Labels on packaged food items. You don't need to be an expert on nutrition- simply scan for words ending in "ose" - and try to avoid these. 

Salt is needed in certain amounts to keep your body functioning properly. Too much salt, however, can lead to medical problems like high blood pressure. In America's grocery stores and restaurants, sodium has found its way in high quantities into many of our favorite prepared and packaged foods. 

As with sugar, develop a habit of reading food labels and checking for sodium content. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recommend that adults should only consume a daily salt intake of 1,500 mg or less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the average American, age 2 years and older, consumes more than 3,400 mg of salt on a daily basis.

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