It looks like science has given us one more reason to pay attention to how much sugar we consume.
A recent study revealed that a high intake of “free sugar” (sugar added to packaged or home cooked foods) can lead to a lower consumption of important nutrients, including calcium and magnesium. Based on data collected from 6,150 adults, nutritional deficiency was at it’s highest when free-sugar or added sugar consumption reached 25% of their daily calories. This discovery makes sense, since processed food with high amounts of added sugar tend to be less nutrient dense and contain more empty calories.
It’s important to note that the study also showed that when free-sugar intake makes up less than 5% of overall calories the risk of nutritional deficiency is also present. This could be related to restrictive dieting and/or not eating enough food since elimination diets have been know to lack important nutrients.
Based on the study mentioned above, added sugar has it’s place and I don’t believe that it needs to be demonized. However, if too much added sugar can potentially harm our health, it’s probably a good idea to consider limiting how much we consume on a daily basis. Food for thought. 🙂
Here’s to a happy and healthy week!
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