15 pounds of sugar – The quest for less than 150 pounds a year
My husband and I were talking about random nutritional things like we often do, and he mentioned that most Americans eat 150 pounds of sugar a year. That number used to be 15 pounds of sugar a year in 1840. I started thinking about all the sugar I eat. I like sugar. I love to bake; mostly because I am gluten free and the things I make taste better then the packaged stuff. Anyway, I wondered how much sugar that would be a day, and if I could manage to cut my sugar intake to that number. Turns out that is about 20 grams of sugar a day. Hmm what does that mean exactly? Are we talking actual added sugar or all sugar including fruit and carbs? I have decided to see if I can manage to get by on 15 pounds of sugar a year. It sounds stupid when you say it out loud because that seems like a lot of sugar, but not as bad as 150 pounds of sugar.
My rules of Engagement
There have to be rules to this, because sugar is everywhere and I know that I would be impossible to live with without some kind of carbohydrate. So I decided I will count sugar added to processed food. That means I can eat all the fruit and vegetables I want as long as they don’t have any added sugars, if they do I have to count the added sugar. Also, I can save up my sugar grams for one big treat. And no fruit juice, it’s too concentrated. If it comes in a package I check the ingredients for added sugar, if it’s there I count it, if not then I don’t. So far I know that a Jr Chocolate frosty from Wendy’s has 22 grams of sugar and ketchup has 4 grams a tablespoon. Yesterday I didn’t have any added sugar, just 2 apples and 2 bananas. I didn’t die, but I REALLY wanted some chocolate. Today I had a tablespoon of ketchup. Still, I didn’t die, though I was searching the house for something to eat that had really low sugar. I settled for a piece of sliced roast beef with avocado, blue corn chips, and salsa. None of these had added sugar. Applesauce with no added sugar saved me today, I wanted a sweet. It is now 8PM and I’m feeling quite successful so far on my first two days. I have actually saved up 36 grams of sugar availability for my year. Good thing because I have a birthday party to go to in 2 days.