Added Sugar Trends for Kids and Adults, Still High but Lowering

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It’s no secret that too much added sugar is bad for your health. Among other health risks, sugar adds calories, which may lead to weight gain. Too much body fat causes about 130,600 cases of cancer in the U.S. each year. Eating lots of sugary foods can also mean less room for cancer-protective foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

For a while, it seemed like Americans couldn’t get enough sugar, but that trend may be turning around suggests a new study. Published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the study finds that intake of added sugar increased from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s and then began to dip, mostly because people were drinking less sugary beverages.

The downward trend in added sugar consumption continued through at least 2012.

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    In 10 minutes, swap that cold-cut sandwich for this veggie wrap

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    Give yourself a midday energy boost by swapping out a traditional cold cut sandwich for these bright, flavorful chickpea and avocado wraps.

    Many sandwiches leave you feeling lethargic and weighed down. The refined carbohydrates in white bread break down quickly in your body, leading to a temporary rise in blood glucose (sugar), followed by a quick crash. This crash is apt to leave you tired and lethargic – the last thing that is going to help you power through the rest of your day. Additionally, most sandwiches are made with cured meats, which may lead to increased cancer risk.

    VeggieWraps Sonja Aug16 CroppedI love these chickpea avocado wraps as an alternative because they are tasty and satisfying without weighing you down.

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      Study: Every decade of being overweight ups cancer risk for women

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      AICR’s evidence shows that carrying extra body fat increases risk for 11 types of cancer, including postmenopausal breast and endometrial. Now a new study looking at how long women have overweight and obesity suggests that if women keep their weight steady and/or lose weight – even small amounts – that may help lower risk for several cancers, especially postmenopausal breast and endometrial.

      The study gives more insight into whether losing weight leads to lower cancer risk. It makes sense that it would, and we know it helps prevent other chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, but researchers are still working to establish the link with cancer risk. Read more… “Study: Every decade of being overweight ups cancer risk for women”

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