Obesity, diabetes, and cancer are out of control in Illinois and Springfield. Unfortunately, there’s no signs of the problem diminishing, either, as the rates for these diseases continue to skyrocket. We have a national health crisis on our hands, there’s no two ways about it. The traditional medical approach to solving a health crisis is to focus on the disease and its symptoms. This method fails to take into account the nature of what might be causing the crisis altogether.

Added sugars and solid fats shouldn’t make up more than 5-15 percent of an individual’s caloric intake, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Contrast that recommendation with the fact that Americans consume an average of 800 calories per day of added sugars and solid fats alone. That is more than a third of a person’s overall caloric intake! A person should have no more than 32 grams of added sugar daily, based on the recommendation that no more than 8 teaspoons of added sugar per day should be consumed by someone who takes in 2000 calories per day.

It’s noteworthy that there are various kinds of sugar, and sugar is hidden everywhere you look. The majority of people get that sugar is in pop, candy, energy drinks, and ice cream, but don’t have the same understanding when it comes to the amount found in the carbohydrates we consume. But pop and energy drinks alone are the sources for more than 35 percent of added sugars in America. That’s a staggering statistic.

12 ounces of


Orange Juice

Apple Juice

Cherry Juice

Grape Juice

Total carbohydrate 45 g 39 g 42 g 49.5 g 60 g
Carbs from sugar 45 g 33 g 39 g 37.5 g 58.5 g
Sugar (teaspoons) 10 tsp 8 tsp 10 tsp 9 tsp 15 tsp
Calories 145 165 165 210 245

All of the above mentioned beverages exceed the recommended total daily sugar intake, before consuming any other drinks, breads, pastas or potatoes. Now please understand something. Just because Coke has less sugar and calories than some of the juices, it should never be an excuse to drink it. Also, be reminded that most of the “sugar-free” and/or diet sodas have the artificial sweeteners, which are deadly and should be avoided.

Carbohydrates that have been processed and refined should be avoided as much as possible, since they are very dangerous. Do you best to not eat white pasta, white potatoes, white rice, or white bread. These kinds of processed carbs are extremely high in glycemic, which causes your blood sugar to spike. In turn, that causes your pancreas to work much harder to produce all of the required insulin needed to regulate the body’s blood sugar. Additionally, consuming these processed carbs will make you hungry again more quickly than you otherwise would have been, due to the fact that your blood sugar has spiked.

If you are looking to lose weight in Springfield please contact our team today at Springfield Weight Loss Center for help.