CrossFit South Rockland

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Day 21/ The Not So "Sweet" Stats on Bottled Drinks

Day 21... This weekend is going to be a test... I know it is a holiday weekend, but need I remind you that you commited to this challenge for 30 days...  there are 9 days left... don't blow it!

Fact: Americans consume an average of 66 pounds of ADDED sugar each year. This much extra sweet stuff helps explain our current obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes epidemic. The "white stuff" is found, most abundantly, in refined, processed, packaged foods and beverages (this includes sodas, juices, teas, coffee, etc.)

How many times have you watched someone dump excessive amounts of sugar into their coffee and wanted to say, "why don't you have some coffee with your sugar"?? Or watched a friend drink two or three 20 ounce bottles of soda? Well, those examples are fairly obvious, but have you ever thought about what makes that Snapple, Vitamin Water or fruit juice taste so good - you guessed it SUGAR!! Here's a neat slide show from "Eat This, Not That" comparing the amount of 'junk' food it would take to get the same amount of sugar as is in some bottled beverages. So, what'll it be a 16 ounce can of Rockstar Energy Drink or 7.5 Chocolate Drizzled Rice Krispie Bars??

And there's more! On the food side of things, the KFC "Double Down" Chicken Sandwich is all over the press. It's a 540 calorie fried chicken, bacon and cheese sandwich (with no bun). While it's far from a 'healthy choice' it is considerably better than alot of restaurant offerings. Check out this article comparing how many "Double Downs" some restaurant meals are equivalent to.

To sum all of this up - stick with what you know. Lean meats, vegetables, some fruit, fat from avocado, coconut, olive oil, nuts, and drink water!! Your body will thank you!

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