Anyone else have a horrible sweet tooth?
Each of the following entries weighs approximately 125 pounds?except for one. Can you pick out the impostor?
A. The most beautiful woman in the world
B. The world?s largest cabbage
C. A six-foot long shark
D. The amount of sugar you?ll eat this year
You probably guessed ?D,? and you?re right. Jennifer Lopez, a massive green cabbage from Wasilla, Alaska, and Scooter the Shark?who lives at the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati?all weigh about 125 pounds. But you couldn?t possibly eat that much sugar in a year, right? Think again: The average American chokes down more than 130 pounds of the stuff every 365 days.
A recent University of Minnesota study found that women consumed about 13 percent of their daily calories from added sugars, and for men that number was closer to 15 percent?a 38 percent jump since 1982. Not surprisingly, the researchers also found that increased sugar consumption mirrored the rise in the participants? BMI, an indicator of obesity.
Now, I know what you?re thinking: ?Great, now I have to cut sugar from my diet.? Not so fast. The American Heart Association says that women can safely consume up to 100 calories (about 25 grams) of sugar per day, and men can consume up to 150 (37.5 grams). The secret is finding sweet foods that quell your sweet tooth without blowing out your sugar quota?and that's exactly what I've done here. Below you?ll find the results of our latest report on eight sinfully delicious treats that silence sugar cravings without adding inches to your waistline. Focus on these, and you?ll look more like Jennifer Lopez?and less like the world?s largest cabbage.
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