Here's the scary synopsis, just in time for Halloween:
Damon’s “high sugar diet” included 40 teaspoons of sugar every day for two months from foods that are marketed as “healthy”, including granola bars, breakfast shakes, cereals, flavored yogurts, fruit smoothies, Vitamin water, Pom Wonderful, and more. Lots of items that you’d commonly find in a kid’s lunchbox.
By the way, 40 teaspoons is roughly 160 grams because 1 tsp equals 4 grams.
That sounds like a lot because it is a lot. Unfortunately, it’s way too easy to consume that amount of sugar, even for health conscious individuals. Here’s an example of what a day’s menu might look like:
1 ½ cups Raisin Bran = 7 tsp (28 grams) sugar
Mixed with 6 oz Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt = 4 tsp (16 grams) sugar (lactose excluded)
1 cup (8 oz) apple juice = 7 tsp (28 grams) sugar
Breakfast Total: 18 teaspoons (72 grams) sugar
Clif Bar Banana Nut granola bar = 5.5 tsp (22 grams) sugar
1 cup Pom Wonderful (8 oz) = 8 tsp (32 grams) sugar
Snack total: 13.5 teaspoons (54 grams) sugar
Pasta with vegetables and tomato sauce
½ cup tomato sauce = 3 tsp (12 grams) sugar
Lunch total: 3 tsp (12 grams) sugar
Side salad with 2 tbsp poppy seed dressing = 1.75 tsp (7 grams) sugar
Potato wedges with 2 tbsp ketchup = 2 tsp (8 grams) sugar
Grilled chicken with 2 tbsp barbeque sauce = 3 tsp (12 grams) sugar
Dinner total: 6.75 tsp (27 grams) sugar
Day total: 41.25 tsp (165 grams) sugar, and that doesn’t include dessert!
Sugar is sweet and sneaky and showing up in all kinds of edible products under a variety of disguises, like organic evaporated cane juice, agave, maple syrup, sucrose and more. That Sugar Film estimates that if grocery stores removed all items with added sugar then only 20% of inventory would remain.
Too much sugar is bad for us. Damon is living proof of that. His blood work was consistent with liver damage after just 18 days into his experiment. After just two months he gained 19 pounds, 4 inches around the middle and 7% more body fat. Plus, his triglycerides went up. He was well on his way to metabolic syndrome and he wasn’t eating any more calories than he was on his low sugar diet.
OK, no more spoiler alerts. To learn more about Damon’s journey, you can download the video online. I rented it for a mere $3.99 from You Tube.
In the meantime, eat less sugar with the help of an earlier post “How You Can Avoid Eating Too Much Added Sugar”.