As an international traveler, I have noticed that we Americans are really obsessed with sugar. We put it in everything, even things that are already naturally sweet.
I was just another sugar blinded American until a few years ago when my mom read and shared an article about sugar with me. I came to find out that women should only be consuming about 24 grams of sugar per day.
So lets say you woke up had a yogurt, for lunch ate a peanut butter sandwich and had a soda, had a cookie before working, chugged down a Powerade post workout. What would that look like? 86 grams of sugar at least! That is 3.5 times what a woman should be eating and you haven’t even had dinner yet.
- 12 oz can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar,
- 1 Chips Ahoy cookie has 4 grams of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of Jif peanut butter has 3 grams of sugar
- 6 oz Yoplait Original has 26 grams of sugar
- 8 oz of Powerade Mountain Blast has 14 grams of sugar
Those 24 grams add up so freaking fast. I don’t know why it still shocks me when I travel how little sugar most other countries have in their drinks. While in Costa Rica we discovered this delicious sweet brand, Dos Pinos, and we bought 3 of them
Now I have a little bit of math coming up so if you don’t follow numbers well skip the next two paragraphs.
I was a little afraid to flip the box over and read the sugar content on the back. But to my disbelief, each box slapped me in the face with a low sugar content. Two of the kinds we tried was 1. Té Blanco per 500 ml 24 grams of sugar, 2. Té Rojo per 500 ml 13 grams of sugar. For those of you need it, 30 ml is about 1oz.
How does a 12 oz glass compare to a 12 oz can of coke? In Té Blanco in about 12 oz it has 17 grams of sugar and Té Rojo in about 12 oz it has 9 grams of sugar.
To sum it up a regular can of coke compares to a local Costa Rican drink as 2-4 times as much sugar.
Why are we Americans so sugar obsessed? We sugar load everything we eat. And why wouldn’t we, sugar makes us feel fantastic! Sadly it’s a short-term gain for a long-term health loss. Our microwave generation has come to expect quick gratification and the natural beauty of foods has been lost.
We should take a page from other countries books and learn to enjoy the natural flavors a little bit more. And save our sugar intake for the things that matter like wine!