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The Truth About Sugar – Lauren

Do you really know how much sugar you consume? Do you know what your max sugar intake should be? Though it varies from person to person, the American Heart Association suggests that the average adult consume no more than 26 grams of sugar a day. But don’t mistake that as a daily recommended value, you should shoot to stay far under that. However, if you neglect to read labels carefully, you might be well over the maximum. Taking the time to read labels and understand where the sugars are coming from is crucial to avoiding too much sugar in your diet. Furthermore, not all sugars are the same. Sugar naturally occurring in a whole apple is far different than the sugar in apple juice, and that is because the whole fruit is whole, and thus has fiber and pulp that makes the body digest the sugar differently. Understanding these differences is crucial to your health.

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57 thoughts on “The Truth About Sugar – Lauren”

  1. I found this video to be really enlightening. I have been doing a lot of research about what how food is absorbed in the body, but I’ve neglected to think about sugar. It’s pretty insane the maximum intake is 26grams of sugar and realistically thinking most of the food we eat exceeds this maximum in one serving! I will definitely be checking labels in the future. Great video.

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    1. I found this video really useful because before I didn’t really understand sugar intake, I simply thought all sugar was the same no matter where it came from. Now I realize the sugar from an apple is different from the sugar in cereal, becuase one is natural and the other isn’t. From now on, I will definitely be taking that into account when I go to the grocery store and try to consume foods that may have sugar but also have fiber or protein or vitamins in them as well.

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  2. When I watched this video, it was very useful to me personally because I did not know that the recommended amount of sugar was twenty six grams a day. I do watch what I eat, but like most other people, I like dessert here and there. Due to that, I am pretty sure that I go over the daily allotment, because just like in the video, I drink apple juice for breakfast since I do not like to drink water. Since she brought up that topic in the video, it really hit home to me because if I drink apple juice and eat dessert at dinner, then I probably go over the daily amount of sugar every day. Due to this, I am going to start watching my sugar intake more closely.

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  3. This video is very surprising to me, I had no idea the recommended daily value for sugar is around 26 grams. my everyday intake for sugar is much much higher than this number. This video has brought to my awareness that I drastically need to change my diet and include healthier options in all my meals. These videos should be very helpful for anyone who doesn’t know much about food and their diet.

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  4. As an apple juice drinker, this video was really upsetting and surprising to me. I never knew how much sugar was in apple juice and I knew I wasn’t getting all the benefits of an apple in the juice but I figured I was getting some of the nutrients. I am completely blown away by this video for the apple juice reasoning and the fact that I’m only supposed to have twenty-six grams of sugar a day. I know for a fact that I over exceed this limit everyday in apple juice alone. This video has made me more conscious of what i put into my body and I definitely will be more careful when picking my next meal.

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  5. This video is informational yet simplistic. Lauren informs the viewer on suggested figures for sugar consumption per day, and also provides the difference between sources of sugar and how their differences affect the way the sugar is digested, and thus the differing affects. If the frosted flakes were to be consumed, the 26 grams would get processed in our liver and become fat tissue, but with the apple, sugars are balanced with fiber, and will digest slower and the sugars can be utilized as energy instead of stored as fat. With the incite provided in the video, viewers can adapt their own habits more mindful to consume less health hazardous sugars and perhaps eat healthier.

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  6. I’m a dietetics major, so I’m very interested in nutrition. I’ve done research on this before, so it’s nothing new to me. However, I’m glad it was posted. It raises awareness on the fact that sugar is commonly over consumed. Almost to all sugars consumed should be from natural sources, such as fruit, complex carbs, and vegetables. The best types of juices to drink are ones that are homemade with no sugar added (and this means no artificial sugar either; artificial ingredients are actually worse for you). This is because then you know exactly what is going into your juice. However, the best option is to eat the fruit and just drink water instead. Sugar is a huge contributor to weight gain and many preventable chronic illnesses. If you’ve realized you eat or drink too much sugar, then I’d suggest reducing slowly, until you’re easily under the recommended amount. Perhaps replace the urge for something sugary with a small handful of non-sweetened dry fruit and nuts. Or drinking tea (with natural tea leafs and no sweeteners) or water is always a wonderful option.

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  7. Knowing that 26 grams of sugar is the maximum amount an adult should have in a day is so mind blowing to me. I’m curious as to whether anyone stay within these sugar recommendations because to me it seems almost impossible. For example frosted flakes is my favorite cereal and the little container she had, had 48 grams of sugar in it. I eat three times that amount of frosted flakes in one sitting! Knowing my eating habits has caused me to become curious as to how much sugar I’m actually consuming in a day, but I’m also kind of scared to know. This has encouraged me to try and track my sugar intake and maybe even challenge myself to cut back.

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  8. I had no idea that you should get only get 26g of sugar a day. I used to eat frosted flakes for breakfast quite often before I decided that there were better things for me to be having for breakfast (obviously). I knew that consuming a lot of sugar wasn’t good for you, but I had no idea that it had such an impact on your overall health. I definitely am now more interested in finding out how much sugar is in the food that I buy and eat. I am more interested in taking the time to make sure what I buy and put in my body is not poisoning me.

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  9. I really like the examples she used in the video. It made the argument more effective and relatable because many people eat cereal for breakfast and drink apple juice. This video really re enforced facts about sugar I already new. It also reminded me how different, different sugar is, with regard to how your body processes it.

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  10. I found this video very helpful because I never read labels of the food I eat which it clearly a horrible thing to do. The examples Lauren made with Frosted Flakes and Cherrios were very eye opening because they sugar amounts are so different that it makes me not want to eat the good cereal anymore. This was a big eye opener for me because I didn’t know that the max grams of sugar you should get in a day is 26 grams so now I’m going to try and not go over that.

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  11. This video made me realize that I have been consuming way too much sugar in my daily diet. If I want to start living a healthier lifestyle, then I need to start reading the labels and figuring out ways to cut back drastically on the amount of sugar I am intaking.

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  12. After watching this video I felt more motivated to eat less sugar and check the labels. She brought up many great points about sugar. I didn’t know that we are only suppose to eat 26 grams of sugar which was surprising to me. Similarly, on top of that they add up very fast. Hearing that just one small bowl of frosted flakes almost meets the daily requirements is frightening. I found it helpful when she talked about how you can get the most out of your food by eating an apple rather than drinking apple juice.

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  13. This video was very enlightening to me because I had no idea that the recommended amount is 26 grams. My intake is way over that amount which is concerning. And it is shocking how I exceed that just with one meal! This video was useful because I do not pay much attention to labels and since taking this class and watching this video it is evident that I need to start. It made me realize how I need to start being more cautious with my diet.

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  14. When I found out that the average human should only be consuming 26g of sugar a day, I was shocked. I was even more shocked to find out that a small carton of frosted flakes makes up most of those 26g. That leaves almost nothing left for the rest of the day. I had known that carbohydrates are eventually turned into sugar, and then fat if they are not used for energy. With this new information, I have realized just how important exercise is for a healthy body. With exercise, a person can use the sugar they have taken in and put it to good use. I will definitely be checking the labels of the food I buy, and I will keep in mind that I should not be consuming more than 26g of sugar.

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  15. If the issue with sugar is the potential fat gain from excess consumption, exercise is an easy solution. The body stores excess calories as fat for later energy use, but if the body doesn’t have any excess calories to store, there won’t be any fat gain. Exercise will burn calories any given day; with that said, a person who partakes in the activity of physical exercise will be able to eat more calories in sugar without having to worry about things like obesity. (I’m not saying that added sugars are good for you, but with a balance of healthy foods and exercise part of the equation, a little sugar here and there isn’t something to stress over.)

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  16. I always knew that sugar was bad for you, but I never took notice to how much sugar is included in the everyday foods that I eat. I have most likely exceeded the daily amount of 26 grams on most of the days I’ve been alive, all because I remain uneducated about the huge presence of sugar. I don’t know if I’m fully motivated to reduce my sugar intake yet, but it’s definitely a lifestyle change that should be considered.

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  17. I found this video very informative and to the point. After watching this video I realized that there is a great chance I go over the recommended amount of 26g. I noticed that I never do really take the time to read food labels; I’m sure a lot of the food I consume throughout the day contains sugar. Now that I am aware of the recommended amount and how easy it is to check how much sugar is included in a given food, I’ll give the food I’m eating more thought. It is alarming that you can eat over the recommended amount in one meal! I found this video to be very helpful.

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  18. i found this video to be extremely informative. After watching this brief video, I was shocked to know that I go way over the daily recommended amount of sugar. After finding out that it is recommended to have only 26 grams of sugar a day, I realized I need to change how much sugar i have in order to protect my health in the future. On average, I probably have about 100 grams of sugar a day, and I went over the daily recommended amount by 12 grams just by drinking a single can of sprite. Sugar can lead to problems such as diabetes and other metabolic issues, from this video I am going to start looking at labels to monitor what is going into my body.

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  19. I found this video very interesting because I have had experience with eating too much sugar. I was on a paleo diet for about a year and which meant I couldn’t eat any processed foods (bread, pasta, chips, etc.) and I felt great while on it but I realized a few months in that I was eating a lot of fruit. I thought this was healthy but it turns out that even these naturally occurring sugars can still be harmful. It was actually a video similar to this that made me aware of the dangers and effects of too much sugar intake.

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  20. I already knew that sugar was bad for you, and that many things had an excessive amount of sugar in them, but I did not know the extent of it. Apparently, you are only supposed to have 26 grams of sugar per day, which I thought was insane because there are so many things that have so much more than 26 grams in just one serving. In addition, things like fruit juice can fool you: they seem like they would be healthy, but they really are not. Eating the actual fruit lets your body utilize the sugar for energy, unlike juice, where you are just drinking sugar that will turn into fat.

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  21. After watching this video I decided to record my sugar intake for one day and I was appalled. I was exceeding three times more than the recommended daily intake and frankly I was disappointed in myself. In the future I will make sure to read food labels and be more conscious about what I am eating.

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  22. Sugar is good in moderation, but after watching this video I realize just how easy it is to go over the healthy limit in just one meal. That is crazy to me, and seriously unhealthy when I think about just how much sugar I consume on the daily. I liked the suggestion to read all labels before I eat or buy food and I plan on trying that out. If I understand what goes into body and what should not that is the first step in bettering my health and lifespan in general.

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  23. This video made me think about my own diet and how much sugar I might be taking in. Now since I don’t normally look at labels so I’m not to sure how much sugar I’m taking in but I’m pretty sure that I’m going over the suggested amount. Needless to say this video has made me think about my current diet, what I should do to change it, and its also opened my eyes and made me realize that I should really be looking at the labels of the food I’m eating. It also helped me realize that even if I drink orange or apple juice it isn’t as good as the real thing.

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  24. “The Truth about Sugar”
    In this video, I learned that not only American Heart Association suggests that the average person should consume no more than 26 grams of sugar a day, but by not reading nutrition label, you can be at risk at in taking more than the maximum amount. Furthermore, all sugars are different whether natural or purified, depending on whether it’s from fruit like apples or from apple juice like in the video described. I feel that now I will be careful by reading nutrition labels for the amount of sugar in the future, thanks to the video.

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  25. I found this video very interesting. It made me put into perspective all of the sugar I consume in a day and how I never really take the time to realize how much sugar is in the things I eat and drink everyday. I can definitely see myself taking the time to look at labels and trying to pick something that has a less amount of sugar. It was just eye opening to even hear about how much sugar is in apple juice, which is something most people think is so healthy for them.

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  26. This video is great because it points out one of the biggest issues with the overall health of the US; what we drink. People don’t understand that even with things that we think are healthy (juices in general) they end up being detrimental to our health. Even with things that we know aren’t healthy for us we don’t know just how harmful they are for us. The biggest example of this for college kids is with beer. Besides giving you a wicked hangover, beer is the source of so many unnecessary carbohydrates and can cause weight gain in a matter of weeks of constant use.

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  27. Now knowing the daily all meant of sugar is only 26 grams that instantly changes things in my everyday intake of sugar. I easily go over my daily intake just by eating the amount of fruit I intake in a day. I can easily see myself realizing my constant over intake of sugar, and probably need to situate it around to ensure a healthier future for myself.

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  28. I usually don’t look at labels when it comes to food, because I just assume that it can’t be that bad for you. My roommate and I recently started trying to be healthy, and we assumed that apple juice would be good for you compared to other juices. I was watching this video in front of my roommate and when Lauren said that apple juice is pure sugar and eventually turns into fat, we both immediately looked at each other in shock. We both had no idea that apple juice contained that much sugar, and were very pleased to have found out. For now on the both of us decided to try and read the labels before buying anything. I was very pleased to have watched this video and to learn that our bodies should be only getting 26 grams of sugar. I’m still amazed that a small bottle of apple juice located in many of our vending machines at JMU has 48 grams of sugar. The information in this video was very helpful and useful.

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  29. In today’s society, sugar plays a huge roll in obesity. Watching this video further proves this fact. Reading food labels is an uncommon skill to most which is why a lot of people neglect it. Additionally, foot companies are continuously coming out with sugar free and diet products as alternatives to real sugar. However, these products are just as if not worse for you and should not be consumed. Like Lauren pointed out in the video, consuming real fruits has far greater benefits, and can crave that sweet tooth.

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  30. It blew my mind that adults should only have about 26 grams of sugar per day. I’m a person that consumes way over that amount and that’s not good sign for my health. I liked how this video showed me some of the health problems and some way that I can improve to not have so much. It really encourages me to try and cut most of that sugar out and try to start reading the labels of my food to become a healthy person.

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  31. I try to eat healthily, but sugar has always been a weakness of mine and while I’ve tried to cut down on it I hadn’t looked at the suggested max daily amount. Once I saw that 26g was suggested I knew that there was no way I was under that most days and looking more specifically at some foods I am put over the 26g by half a meal or a snack. In the future I will definitely keep better track of the amount of sugars in foods and really look at their nutrition facts.

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  32. I had no idea how much sugar consumption a person should take in and how much was in something as simple as apple juice. Sugar is very misconceiving and I was very undereducated about healthy choices which is such a simple thing to look for. Using every day breakfast examples definitely brought out the intensity of sugar in foods and drinks.

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  33. I think it is insane that Cheerios have more sugar then Frosted Flakes, I never knew that! After seeing this video it made me feel really bad about my body and what I eat because I did not know you are supposed to only have 26 grams of sugar each day. I definitely have way over that. This video made me want to start checking food labels more closely and try to focus on eating healthily this week.

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  34. The topics in this video isn’t very knew to me. I am fully aware that sugar is not good for you. However, I didn’t realize the extent of how low your sugar intake had to be in a day. Honestly, I dont know if society has sadly become extremely acclimated to an unhealthy diet or if the numbers dietitians want us to follow are just plain unrealistic? Sadly, Id like to think its the second choice but I know for a fact its not.

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  35. 1. After watching “The Truth about Sugar” video, I realized that I rarely look at the labeling when I go to the grocery store to buy stuff, which leads to me picking up items that have a high content of sugar. I was shocked to find out that the small cup of Frosted Flakes contained 21g of sugar. Previously I was trying to cut back on my sugar intake, but now I am determined to decrease the amount of sugar I consume every day because too much sugar causes long term health problems. This video has encouraged me to improve my diet and to become more aware of what I’m eating.

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  36. I have known for a relatively long time that drinks with added sugar are one of the leading causes of obesity and diabetes in society. Not only does this affect our physical bodies, but also has detrimental effects on our individual sustainability. It can affect our physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and even philosophical sustainability. It creates self-conscious feelings and makes us more likely to shy away from others. It is crucial for us to know what we are eating and especially drinking with regards to sugar content, because we need to maintain a more sustainable lifestyle.

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  37. I found this video very enlightening. I had no idea we were only supposed to eat 26 grams of sugar a day and how much of that is in Frosted Flakes. I used to eat Frosted Flakes every day when I was younger. The apple juice also surprised me. I assumed drinking apple juice was healthier than other alternatives but it’s not as healthy as I thought with 48 grams of sugar. This is the same apple juice in the vending machines around JMU’s campus. I usually go for the Cran- Grape juice in the vending machines assuming it’s healthy. I just checked and it has 56 grams of sugar in it. I will definitely start checking labels to see what else I’m eating but not realizing.

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  38. This video is very eye opening to me. I had no idea that the recommended sugar amount was so low and how going over that could really affect your body. As a college student on a tight budget I rarely go grocery shopping but I will have to do so in the future. I plan to take the advice of this video and pay attention to the food I eat and try to keep my sugar to a minimum.

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  39. This video was very important to me. I never realized how easy it could be to consume almost all your daily intake of sugar in one sitting. This video is important to me because this is the type of food I used to eat for breakfast all the time. It is unhealthy and I understand how the breakdown of sugar is processed through your body. I never knew that the breakdown of sugar is stored as fat. This must mean that a big contribution to today’s obesity is because of sugar intake. I now try to consume less sugar each day. This has made me lose weight and feel better about myself.

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  40. This video was very eye opening to what is actual going into your body with what is out on the shelves in grocery stores. I never really understood how much sugar consumption you could have in a day , and it was shocking that with a bowl of cereal you are almost at your daily limit. This video had me understand how the food labels are important and cannot go unnoticed. Understanding what’s going into your body is very important, and i will make changes to make sure I do so because of this video.

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  41. The common misconception with ‘healthy’ drinks is that they are getting the same nutrients as eating the fruit or vegetables depicted on the label. This video, just emphasizes the importance of reading labels and making sure that individuals receive their daily vitamins from eating fruits rather than these ‘healthy’ drinks. Another worrisome fact is that others are blindly consuming without any having any idea of where they are with receiving their daily intake. Although it varies from person to person, it is still vital to have a clear understanding and evaluations of one’s diet because it will be an investment towards your own personal health. Lauren, did an excellent job of explain the differences between real fruit and artificial fruit drinks and spacing out sugar intakes throughout the day rather than having this feeling of needing to meet the 26 gram sugar limit.

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  42. First off, it came as a surprise to me that the ideal amount of sugar intake for an adult is 26g. In our society, we have become accustomed to all of these processed food which could very well have double or even up to triple the amount recommended sugar consumption. This to me is horrifying. Nowadays we rely on getting our needed nutrition from highly processed and preserved food which is evidently doing terrible things to our body. We tend to reason our consumption of these bad foods if the label says things like natural, or made with all natural flavors. I believe as a society, we need to migrate from these processed foods to more organic options which will definitely benefit our health over time.

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  43. I never realized how important it is to read a food label before putting that food into my body. I learned that sugar can add up fast. If I ate cereal and apple juice in the morning, I could have consumed all of the sugar my body needs for the entire day just for breakfast. I like how Lauren explained who it is much better to eat a whole piece of fruit rather than a fruit drink because the whole fruit has fiber which can be used as energy that the drink does not have; not to mention all of the extra sugar in the fruit drink. Even though it might take a little extra time reading the labels, it will be worth it in the end.

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  44. This video is actually very scary to me. I am a daily apple juice drinker, and to think that I have more than my daily sugar intake at the breakfast table before I even start my is crazy. I haven’t always been a very conscious eater, because I am active and have a fairly high metabolism. However, after watching this video and being in class for the past month I have recognized the importance of paying attention to what you eat. Hopefully now I will pay more attention to the foods I choose to eat.

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  45. This video was very eye opening to me. When I think of eating healthy, the first thing I check for on a nutrition label is calories. Then, I check carbohydrates and fat content. I think many people, including myself, completely overlook the sugar content of some of our favorite foods and drinks. If we took just a few more seconds to check what we are consuming, we would probably realize simple things that could save our health in the long run, just like Lauren did when noticing that her Frosted Flakes would almost account for her entire daily intake of sugar.

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  46. Watching this video really opened my eyes to how I should view eating sugar. When eating a sugary snack, I don’t really pay attention to the fact that its sugary. I just drink my apple juice. However, this video made me think twice and makes me want to check food labels and make an effort to avoid sugar because it is not worth the health effects.

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  47. This video is very eye opening. I can’t even believe that the American Heart Association says the recommended daily intake is about 26g of sugar. Everyone should be eating less than that with vegetables and healthy natural foods and stop eating processed sugar. Sugar is literally the devil that causes nothing but harm to the body.

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  48. I had no idea that the guidelines suggest that the maximum intake is 26 grams of sugar per day. I think though, that some people fear fruit because of the sugar. I had an argument with a couple of my friends trying to convince them that while they should avoid sugar, they should not avoid fruit because they would be missing out on nutrients. I thought that Lauren gave fantastic information that was also simple and easy to follow.

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  49. It amazing how much sugar is hidden in our food. I liked how Lauren made this video very relatable because most people probably do not know all of the sugar they are eating with the so called healthy breakfast cereals and juices. Now that I know the daily recommended amount of sugar is 26 grams, it is scary to think back to the days when I was a kid because I did eat the sugary cereal and the drank apple juice for breakfast. So I went way over the recommend amount.

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  50. In health class, I learned that sugar is poison. Sugar is probably the worst possible thing to put in your body. Also that fruit is the best kind of sugar to put in your body because of the fiber. This video clarifies that people really need to start looking at their food labels before they eat because half the food we believe to be decent for our bodies is not.

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  51. When I think about eating healthy I tend to only reflect on the calories I am eating. I do think about the sugar component but it isn’t the first worry on my mind when eating. I only think sugar is a big problem when I am drinking soda or eating candy (which is rare). I never knew how much sugar I should be getting until I watched this video. I also never knew how much sugar was in apple juice and frosted flakes and how much those products affect your body. I noticed that I need to pay more attention to labels and minimize my intake in sugar. Hopefully limiting myself to 26 grams of sugar a day will make my body as well as my mind feel healthier.

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  52. Along with many others I am surprised at the daily recommended level of sugar ! I am pretty sure that I am well over that alotted servings everyday. I plan on looking into your other videos about sugar because this one was very helpful! Thanks Lauren!

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  53. The most shocking part of this video for me was the daily recommendation of sugar intake. I never really take into account the amount of sugar I eat on a daily basis, but it is definitely over 26 grams. This video was really eye opening in regards to the way that we should regulate our sugar intake, and the possible effects that it can have on overall health.

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  54. This video was very helpful because when I read food labels, there is never a recommended daily amount next to sugar like all of the other nutrients on the label. It made me realize that even though most of the time I think I am being healthy, I neglect to count my sugar intake like I count my calorie intake which I really need to start doing in order to live a healthier life.

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  55. This video brought up an important concept that many individuals do not understand. Simple/refined carbohydrates as opposed to complex carbohydrates break down with ease into sugar upon entering the blood stream. This causes a rapid spike and then eventual dip in blood sugar which triggers the uptake of insulin in the system. Complications with the bodies use of insulin and fluctuation of blood sugar levels can lead to an onset of diseases and ailments such as Diabetes. Too many individuals look to find the healthiest “processed options” and justify their consumption decisions with statements such as “but it has 0 calories” or “it has 0 grams of sugar.” The problem with this is that artificial sugars, sweeteners, and enhancers replace the true sugar content of these foods, which the body then has problems digesting and using for energy. This entire process leaves us overweight and energy depleted. Instead of eating natural, whole food products that come from the Earth already composed of the perfect chemical ratios, we instead resort to artificial food because it is “easier” or “tastes better” which in many cases isn’t even true. If we learn to eat natural foods we will also get the benefit of fiber which helps to cleanse the colon and acts as a sugar uptake buffer in the blood stream, leaving our energy levels constant and our body in a more alkaline state of fat usage for energy and not anabolic storage.

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  56. I think that it is extremely important to know what you are putting into your body. However, these days I think that people are unaware and I also think that a lot of people just don’t care. It is as simple as just reading a label and making a healthier choice however a lot of people do not take the time to do that and just do whatever is convenient. It is important to be aware of what you are consuming now and how it will affect you later.

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