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Sugar Myth: How Much Are You Really Eating?

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: On average the typical American consumes 95-100 pounds of sugar each year. Do you know what such excess could be doing to your body?
Air Date: 3/19/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Sara Vance, ND
Sara Vance Nutritionist Sara Vance is passionate about teaching people how to use food to achieve a vibrant life. She educates through her television segments, corporate nutrition programs, speaking engagements, eCourses, and her writing.

Her book , 10 Keys to a Perfect Metabolism, is due out next year. Sara has appeared on eHow, and filmed a series of kids yoga classes for Gaiam TV.

Sara knows how busy people are, so she offers two eCourses: a "1 Week Break up with Sugar" eCourse and a "3 Week Perfect Metabolism" program. Overweight as a child, Sara also has a passion for working with kids, and offers school assemblies and other kids programs. Visit her website to learn more and download her free Cooking with Superfoods eBook.
  • Book Title: 10 Keys to a Perfect Metabolism
  • Guest Twitter Account: @RebalanceLife
Sugar Myth: How Much Are You Really Eating?
It's a no-brainer that excessive amounts of sugar can lead to weight gain. But did you know that it could also seriously damage your health?

You never think twice about the amount of sugar in your soda, fruit, treats and other snacks until all of a sudden you have a muffin top spilling over your jeans and your blood sugar levels have skyrocketed.

Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends women should consume no more than 100 sugar calories a day? Unfortunately, many individuals do not even come close to adhering to that rule. In fact, on average, the typical American consume 95-100 pounds of sugar each year.

That's right... pounds.

Statistics show that in 2010 adults consumed about 15 percent of their calories from added sugars.

What are some ways to cut back on sugar?

One food that can help reduce sugar intake is chia seeds. Chia seeds contain an omega-3 fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation in your body.

Chia seeds also have an enormous amount of fiber (10g per serving).

Dr. Holly and nutritionist, Sara Vance, discuss why it's important to watch your sugar intake, as well as ways you can reduce the amount of sugar you are eating on a daily basis.