An adult with the proper blood sugar level has 1 teaspoon of sugar in their entire blood supply

January 2, 2019 | By More


by the Keto Grocer

According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian consumed the equivalent of 26 teaspoons of sugar per day in 2004.  It’s critical to note, current consumption rates appear to remain the same and this statistic refers to the equivalent of 26 teaspoons per day or 26 sugar packages.  How can this be?

Let’s consider the teaspoons of sugar and carb grams (CHO) of these foods and drinks:

A snack box of raisins has nearly 6 teaspoons of sugar or 25.2 CHO.

A serving of popular brands of cola and orange juice or 2 thin slices of whole grain bread have nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar or 42 CHO (you’re ingesting around 30 teaspoons of sugar if you have all three with nothing on the toast).

One cup of a dry cereal that’s marketed as an intelligent choice with one cup skim milk and a medium banana offers 25 teaspoons of sugar and 100 CHO.

One large Mocha specialty coffee from a well-known chain has 15.5 teaspoons sugar and 62 CHO.

One well known company’s classic cinnamon bun has 31 teaspoons of sugar or 124 CHO.

In summary.  The stomach breaks down carbs (sugars and starches) into another type of sugar, called glucose.  Insulin is released to move the glucose into our liver, muscles and other organs to be stored for later.  The liver can store about 100 grams of glucose in the form of glycogen and the muscles about 500 grams of glycogen.  Carbs that are consumed beyond the storage capacity are converted to and stored as fat.  

In other words, the effects are similar whether you consume any of these in excess: 

Table sugar;

High fructose corn syrup, honey and agave;

Grains, fresh and dried fruits, starchy vegetables;

Breads, cakes, cookies;

Juices, smoothies, specialty coffees, milkshakes, sodas; and/or,

Protein.

Excess intake contributes to a list of challenges most people want to avoid.  It’s a good time of year to set measurable goals.  A suggestion is to consider how to avoid “hidden sugars and starches” by paying attention to net carb counts.  Here’s to a New Year and New You!

Explore more at ketogrocer.com.  Look for upcoming articles on topics such as:  net carb counts, carb-burners vs fat-burners, types of glutens and, why the products you put on your skin matter.  Thank you.

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