By   December 10, 2014

Cut Back on SuagrHere in Canada the Heart and Stroke Foundation made a statement about how Canadians consume too much sugar and they are urging the federal government step in and start setting limits on the amount of sugar that food makers can contribute to their products being sold here in Canada.

Usually, more than 13 percent of our everyday calories come from the many different sugarcoated snacks and food products such as morning cereal (consisting of maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit and honey juice). Also large amounts of sugar is found in certain daily beverages such as sports beverages, soft drinks, juices and teas and coffees and we wonder why we are in poor health or gain weight.

I personally have never drank coffee before at least not regularly, only about 3 cups a year and when a friend unexpectedly brought me a large triple, triple ( I never even knew what this term meant) one day I was surprised at how good it was and began drinking large triple, triples almost everyday.

After a few months of regular visits to “Tim Hortons” I notice I had gained weight, 12 pounds to be exact and I’m not putting all the blame on the sugar as I’m sure the cream was a contributor as well. I don’t feel healthy at all and I’m out of shape to say the least as I pant and puff at the first sign of exercise.

Even moderate sugar usage has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, excessive weight, diabetes and other severe health conditions. The Heart and Stroke Foundation wish to see Canadians intake of sugar drop to no more than 10 percent of everyday calories. This does not include naturally occurring sugars in fruit and vegetables, milk, grains and other plant-based foods (nuts and vegetables). For an average 2,000 calorie diet, 10 percent is about 48 grams, or 12 tsps of sugar. To put this into context, one can of pop can swiftly bring you close, with about 40 grams, or 10 tsps of sugar in each can consumed.

In July the federal government in Canada suggested the creation of a controversial 100-gram-a-day restriction to help people limit their sugar intake, but health experts slammed it for being too expensive and under that limitation, a person might drink 2 basic cans of soda every day and still be under the proposed benchmark so it really isn’t helping anything. The proposal also focuses on overall sugar in contrast to distinguishing between added sugars and natural sources of sugar, eliminating apples to cut down on sugar, lots of health professionals agree, would clearly be a mistake. However the federal government insisted at that time that the goal is to minimize total sugar usage.

Consider a sugar substitute like Yacon syrup.