Do you know how much sugar you’re really eating? In season 17 episode two, Robert Huizenga, M.D., reveals contestant Colby is consuming an astonishing amount of sugar each day in her beverages alone—a six-pack of soda, three sweet iced teas, six glasses of juice, and a sports drink. That adds up to 1.25 pounds of sugar a day and 460 pounds a year. Seeing the sugar spread out across the operating table was shocking, since it’s sometimes hard to detect on nutrition labels.
“Added sugar has many different names, like various syrups, dextrose, and high-fructose corn syrup,” says Gabbi Berkow, R.D., certified personal trainer, and certified Pilates instructor. “Read ingredient lists carefully and try to avoid foods with added sugar.” She notes that processed foods generally combine sugar, fat, and salt in amounts designed to light up the addiction circuits in your brain (and therefore lead you to eat more and then buy more). “Focusing on whole, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats—and limiting processed foods and added sugar—is your best bet,” she says.
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