QUICK & EASY TIPS FOR 2017 – PART 2
So to start the new year, we wanted to share some of these quick and easy habits with you, delivered in a 3 part blog series with info from experts at WebMD, CNN and the New York Times. Read Part 2 below and learn how a sugar high hurts your brain…and what you can do to avoid it.
You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain and diabetes, but you may not have realized just how much harm excessive sugar can have on your brain and body. Or for that matter, how much added sugar is actually hidden in most flavored latte’s, bottled teas and energy drinks. Learning the full extent of the health damage caused by added sugars will give you the information to make some easy changes to your diet. Below are excerpts from a few excellent articles to get you started. Links to the full articles are below each section so you can do some additional research.
“…Blanking out in the middle of a meeting? Research out of the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that sugar forms free radicals in the brain’s membrane and compromises nerve cells’ ability to communicate. This could have repercussions in how well we remember instructions, process ideas, and handle our moods, says Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, Ph.D., author of the UCLA study.”
- A research group at the University of Wisconsin found that the brain may react to excess refined sugars found in food as if they were a virus or bacteria. The resulting immune response may cause cognitive deficits such as those associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- High blood sugar coupled with performing a mentally challenging task is associated with high levels of cortisol—a stress hormone known to impair memory.”
Source: Psychology Today
12 oz Flavored Latte: 27g of sugar (9 sugar cubes)
15 oz Doubleshot Energy Coffee (Can): 26 g of sugar (8.6 sugar cubes)
12 oz Caffe Mocha (non fat milk): 31g of sugar (10.3 sugar cubes)
16 oz Matcha Green Tea Latte (non fat milk): 32g of sugar (10.6 sugar cubes)
“A grande (16-ounce) Classic Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks contains more sugar than a Snickers candy bar. And half a cup of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream. And three glazed donuts from Dunkin’.”
Source: Huffington Post
“Flavored drinks served by the likes of Starbucks (SBUX) can contain up to 25 teaspoons (100 grams) of sugar per serving, according to a new report by a British campaign group Action on Sugar.
That’s three times the amount of sugar in one can of Coke, and more than three times the maximum adult daily intake recommended by the American Heart Association.”
To keep your brain and body happy, try to stay under the USDA limit of 40 grams of added sugar per day. That’s about ¼ of the 153 grams an average American consumes per day (130 lbs in one year). Nearly 50% of that sugar is consumed in beverages. So make an effort to read labels and available nutrition information at chains. One of the easiest ways to reduce your daily sugar intake is to replace sugary beverages with the original human drink of choice, water. Find yourself a good water bottle or tumbler to sip from throughout the day.
In addition to water, Voke can help you easily moderate your consumption of added sugars. Try taking Voke daily in the morning & afternoon while cutting back a bit on energizing beverages with added sugar. The benefits add up quick! In fact, avoiding 1 sugar laden drink per day can save you more than 5 lbs of sugar in 90 days.
To learn more about the sugar content hiding in popular beverages and the benefits of daily Voke, follow the Voke90 link below: