How much sugar is REALLY in your drinks?

How much sugar is really in your drinks...
We all need a certain amount of sugar, a simple form of carbohydrate in our diet. In nature, sugary foods are generally only available in fruits, and vegetables, and even then, they are locked inside the plant material which normally takes your body a little longer to release. However with the ever increasing reliance on processed and manufactured foods, our ability to consume larger amounts of simple sugars, which are not only present in refined ingredients, but added to foods too, could possibly lead to very serious health conditions if left unchecked.

Why is excess sugar so bad for you?

Consuming large quantities of sugar can be much easier than you realise and leads to weight gain. This can be in the form of both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat (the fat you can see, and the fat you can’t). Continued exposure to excess sugars can lead to the desensitisation of insulin, a hormone that controls your blood sugar. If left unchecked, this exposure to excess sugars can lead to Type II diabetes, but some studies show even a slight increase in your regular sugar intake can significantly increase your risk of developing diabetes. Being overweight can also lead to many secondary serious health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder and liver diseases, osteoarthritis, gynecological problems such as infertility, respiratory problems, sleep apnea and colon, breast and endometrial cancers.

Why sugar can make weight loss harder

Sugars are the most rapidly processed and absorbed form of energy the human body utilises, and whilst necessary in small and manageable quantities, increasing amounts lead to a large spike in blood sugar.  Not only does this spike in blood sugar make it hard for the body to cope with this quantity of sugar through insulin production, the initial peak in blood sugar then results in a corresponding drop, which your body translates into a desire for more sugar. This can lead to a dangerous and addictive pattern of sugar consumption, making it any weight loss attempt very difficult.

Easy ways to reduce sugar in your diet

The easiest and most obvious way to reduce sugary drinks in your diet is to swap them with a healthy alternative. Begu teas are specially formulated to taste as good as a herbal tea can, and our Crave tea even has a slightly sweet taste through the use of a small amount of natural stevia leaf, which is totally calorie free.

What should I avoid?

Knowing how much sugar is in some drinks can be very difficult. It is always best to check the label on shop bought drinks, or if you are in a cafe, just ask. If you are not sure or you don’t want to risk consuming sugar, go for black coffee or tea and add a little milk yourself (if desired), or green/herbal teas. Stick to water avoid fizzy drinks or juices. All shop bought drinks will come with nutritional information so look for the information on sugars (part of the carbohydrate value). In some restaurants and cafe’s, nutritional information will be displayed, but if you are in doubt you can always ask. As a general rule avoid fizzy drinks, juices and smoothies, as well as sweet flavoured coffees and teas. Action on sugar has recently released a survey of the sugar contained in some of the worst hot coffees, teas and speciality drinks served at many cafe and restaurant chains…. did you know that some drinks can contain as much as 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving!? That is equivalent to 100g of sugar and over an hour of jogging to burn off!

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What else can I do to resist the temptation of sugary drinks?

Exercising increases the promotion of endorphins (your natural feel good hormone) and if you go for a walk or jog, then it can help to give you the vital distance from your temptations. Time outside can also give you some great time to restore your determination and resolve.

Eating healthy balanced meals can dramatically reduce your sugar cravings, by having meals that release sugar throughout the day. Foods that 
consist mainly in proteins, vegetables and whole grains can reduce cravings and keep you feeling alert and full of energy without the need for sugary drinks and snacks. Our recipe database has lots of recipes designed specifically to tackle cravings, so all the hard work of finding those perfect meals has already been done for you!