Recent studies reveal that Americans now consume on average 32 teaspoons of sugar daily - about 26 teaspoons more than the World Health Organization would prefer. The overabundance of sugar in the foods all around us, particularly in its most harmful form (fructose), makes this less surprising but no less concerning.
Sugar in high quantities is bad for your health because the body is unable to process it (through the liver and kidneys) and store it (as energy) effectively. By interrupting the bodies hormonal signaling for appetite, fat storage and habit formation, persistently high blood sugar levels cause systemic inflammation, metabolic disturbance, and weight gain.
Symptomatically this will lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, depression, and multiple organ disease. Bagels are looking less innocent as the future of our health literally depends on taking this knowledge seriously, our main consideration becomes how to realistically reduce our intake despite it being.
Here are some tips from Kryolife's resident MD, Dr Hassan Ahmad.
KNOW THEY ENEMY
You can't avoid sugar if you don't know where it is. Don't worry, I'm about tell you - most drinks that aren't water,breakfast cereal, baked goods, frozen treats, condiments and sauces. This infographic from Mercola has more detail. Avoid these foods like that strange neighbor with too many cats.
LIMIT REFINED CARBOHYDRATES
Bagels, cereals, waffles, bread - as these also break down into sugar and affect your insulin sensitivity over time.
SWAP SWEETENED BEVERAGES FOR WATER
If there's one thing you coulddo tomorrow for the greatest return on your health, it's this. Snapple is overrated anyway, be honest.
Omega-3 fats, meditation, regular whole body cryotherapy, and sleeping more will help keep levels systemic inflammation and the sequelae of high fructose intake in check.