Vitamin | 비타민 – Addiction to Sweet Flavors (2013.11.03)

I would like to share this great Youtube video with you regarding addiction to sweet flavors.

I’m subscribed to KBS World TV Youtube’s channel for Vitamin (비타민). This is the best variety program, that is very educational for both the Korean artists and for us too. 🙂

At the start of November, KBS World TV released this english subbed video on addiction to sweet flavors. Most people are not aware that eating more sweet foods is an indication of an addiction to sweet flavors, which can lead to fatal complications.

Let me recap a previous blog post on why I removed sugar from my diet:

30 ways sugar can impact on health_SGVegan

So how can we be free of this addiction to sweet flavors?

Quick recap of some points I noted while watching the addiction to sweet flavors video:

The WHO guideline on how much sugar an adult should consume in 1 day (Recommended Daily Allowance, RDA) is <50g.

So where do our sources of sugar come from?

Here are the top 3 sources:

  1. Beverages
  2. Sugar & Processed sugar
  3. Bread and cookies

According to the KFDA (Korea Food and Drug Administration), among processed foods, the most sugar was consumed from beverages among people over the age of 6.

So here are some of the average sugar content of the similar types of beverages we (and the Koreans) like to drink on the market.

SGVegan_Beverage sugar content

One beverage has 6 cubes of sugar. When the body absorbs sugar, the bones lose calcium and magnesium. No matter how much calcium (or whatever good stuff such as vitamins) a beverage has, if it has a lot of sugar, it’s no use.

In the Youtube video below, Kwanghee (a member of the nine-member South Korean boyband ZE:A) mentioned that he takes 4 cans of carbonated drinks in a meal. Now, that works out to 44 cubes, 110g of sugar!! In a sugar threshold test (each person perceives sweet flavors differently) to see how much the celebrities are exposed to sugar, in other words, how much is it necessary for them to think its sweet. Kwanghee felt it at 7% , which means his threshold is higher and so he has to like sweet foods.

Sugar consumption from rice has no increase since there is a limit to how much we can eat. But the sugar consumption from processed food is constantly increasing.

The 12-18 years age bracket consumes the most amount of sugar at ~69g. When they don’t think its sweet, then when they are adults, they will eat sweet foods. This results in pot bellies and other illnesses.

Think about it. Does this apply to you?

Now is the time for us to reflect.

One other point that was mentioned is nonalcoholic fatty liver (>5% of fat in liver) that results from non-consumption of alcohol. Which is due to High Fructose Corn Syrup (Watch the video below for a detailed explanation at 20:05).

So how do we go about our daily lives as educated consumers?

  1. Don’t be deceived by nutritional contents.
    (Read my previous post on Are my products Angel Dusted?)
    –> Look out for carbohydrates, protein, fat & amount in terms of servings.For example, if the sugar content is 26g, it is not recommended as it is more than half of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).
  2. Don’t be tricked by the 2 faces of fruit.
    –> An appropriate amount of fruit is what you can hold in one hand. So half an apple, 7 grapes or 2 tangerines. That amount twice a day is good. Too much will make you addicted to sweet flavors.For example,
    Half slice of pineapple 2.5 cubes
    Quarter of watermelon 4.5 cubes
    Banana 4.5 cubes
    Apple 6 cubes
    Bunch of Grapes 5 cubes

In general, the best drink to drink is still water. Since it does not contain any sugar! And I agree! 😉 However, do take note that there are differences even between water. (More about that hopefully!) I highly advocate drinking alkaline living water. 🙂

So that’s a very brief summary of what I had roughly gathered from watching the video and taking down notes. I hope you found it useful and enlightening. Please, watch the video below for your health, and your loved ones.

Here’s to a healthier life! 🙂


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