Food. Especially 'convenience' food can be cheap and free many times with coupons. But have you ever looked at the nutritional value of these convenience items? Straight out of a horror movie, I tell you! Well, maybe not THAT bad, but still... pretty bad.
Sodium levels are always terrible! Most the time I get canned veggies, I make sure they are 'no salt'. They don't taste bad at all, especially if you are making them in a casserole you'd never be able to tell.
Sugar levels are also crazy! I cannot believe some of the food items, that have High fructose corn syrup or other sugars in them. (Some Baby Formula has as much sugar as soda does!)
HERE is an article by Doctor Mercola, he always has wonderful, informational articles on health and wellness. This is an article about the crazy amounts of sugar in food... and at the end, what YOU can do to reduce the levels of sugar in your diet. Do you know how much soda an average American consumers per year? 60 GALLONS... (gag) 41 percent of that is sugar... The average American also consumes 141 pounds of sugar per year... :( Yuck.
There is a LOT of info on this subject at Dr. Mercola's site.
Some substitutes for sugar? He says to use these in moderation:
- organic cane sugar in moderation
- organic raw honey in moderation
- raw stevia (I was reading about this the other day, and leaves from a Stevia plant are 200-300 times sweeter than sugar!)
One of my goals, even more this year is to make sure I am growing and making more, that will bring health to my family. I would be very upset if someday one of my children developed Juvenile Diabetes or cancer, and I could have actually prevented it my limiting the sugar more in their diets.
How about you? Have any of you resolved to reduce sugar in your diets recently???