Parents it is time for that long-awaited moment: the start of the school term and the return of the famous lunch box!
The August edition of the National Geographic had a very disturbing article. This beautiful magazine is usually filled with breathtaking pictures. However this month what was breathtaking was not so much the pictures but the article on sugar consumption in the United States.
It is estimated that the DAILY average consumption is 22.7 teaspoons of sugar. You might think that our southern neighbors generally consume too much sugar and that it would be difficult for us to achieve this level of consumption.
Curious? Here are a few numbers to consider:
– The average male body has about 5-6 liters of blood. For women, the figure would be 4-5 liters and a child would have about 3 liters of blood.
– 1 teaspoon of sugar = 4.2 grams
– On an empty stomach, glucose levels should be between 0.80 to 1.10 grams per liter of blood
– 2 hours after a meal it should range between 1 to 1.40 grams per liter of blood.
So if the lunch box of your child is composed of: a fresh fruit, a juice and a granola bar, you have the equivalent of about 11 teaspoons of sugar for one meal. Here are the numbers: 1 raw apple=10.4g + 1 juice = 24g (or more) + 1 tender snack bar= 12-15g. Total; between 45 and 50 g. Surprising?
For snacks: think vegetables with homemade dip, homemade applesauce, and homemade date squares without added sugar. The most valuable drink for the human body is and will always be WATER.
Should you want more information on the impact of sugar overconsumption on your diet or how to reach a healthy diet, it would be my pleasure to meet with you.