Much of the problem with sugar is that it is a sneaky ingredient in some foods we’d never expect, making it difficult to monitor our consumption accurately.
In a post on Huffington Post Australia, a nutritionist said sugar is actually more invasive than we think. Nowadays its everywhere, in almost all packaged food.
In this way giving up sugar could seem impossible. Think of foods like bread, barbeque sauce, salad dressing, instant porridge or even muesli bars.
It’s true, sugar doesn’t need to be avoided completely but most of us are consuming too much of it, especially if you take into consideration that the World Health Organisation recommends six teaspoons of added sugar per day and obesity, diabetes and heart diseases are just some of the consequences.
When buying products
Check the ingredients list, the first food mentioned is the most dominant.
Look at overall sugar content, sugar should be less than 20 grams per 100g.
Be good at dividing when keeping track of those 6 daily teaspoons.
Construction as an industry is notorious for fostering poor health habits, and snacks and meals while on-site is one of the major culprits!
We came across a post recently that discussed healthier options for construction workers including:
choose healthy but convenient snack foods
packing plenty of protein
consuming whole grains for sustained energy
drink plenty of water
We would add that its important to avoid high sugar, refined snack products that have very high glycaemic index (or more correctly, Glycaemic Load), and particularly to avoid drinking Coke and other soft drinks that are extremely high in refined sugar and do little to properly hydrate your body.