Thomas Physical Therapy June 2019

THE THOMAS TIMES ReduceYour Intake and Become a Healthier You UNDER THE SHADOW OF SUGAR

JUNE 2019

CELEBRATE EVERY DAYWITHTHESE ODD JUNE HOLIDAYS

1. Dare Day

15. Smile Power Day

2. National

16. Fresh Veggies Day

Rocky Road Day

17. Eat Your

3. Repeat Day

Vegetables Day

4. Hug Your Cat Day

18. International Panic Day

5. World

Environment Day

19. Juneteenth

6. National Yo-Yo Day

20. Ice Cream Soda Day

Sugar is addictive, and it’s in almost all the foods we eat. When you look at the nutrition facts and ingredient list of common food items, you’re almost certain to find it. Sugar comes in many forms, including honey, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, glucose, and maltose. Regardless of its type, sugar is one of the unhealthiest substances we consume regularly. Sugar —more than fat or refined carbohydrates — is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and a whole host of other detrimental conditions. The average daily intake of sugar for an American is about 77 grams, which is about 18 teaspoons or 310 calories. This means that most Americans consume over 60 pounds of sugar every year! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting your sugar intake to about 36 grams per day for men or 25 grams for women. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends even less, advising that all adults should keep their consumption under 25 grams per day. A single can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar, mostly in the form of high fructose corn syrup. That covers the AHA’s recommendation and then some. Unfortunately, many people drink far more than just one can of sugary soda every day. A recent study published in April 2019 by researchers at Pennsylvania State University tackled daily soda and sugary drink consumption. They found that one-fifth of American children don’t drink water on a daily basis and instead choose to drink sugar-based beverages. Since these drinks have largely replaced water as a source of hydration, children are consuming more calories every day — not to mention suffering from the health detriments that come with consistent sugar intake.

7. VCR Day

21. National Selfie Day

8. World Ocean Day

22. National Chocolate Eclair Day

9. Donald Duck Day

10. Ballpoint Pen Day

23. National Pink Day

11. National Corn on the Cob Day 12. National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

24. Swim a Lap Day

25. National

Catfish Day

26. Forgiveness Day

13. National Weed

Your Garden Day

27. Sunglasses Day

14. Monkey

28. Paul Bunyan Day

Around Day

29. Waffle Iron Day

30. Met eor Day

–Randy Thomas

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