Today’s Health: What Too Much Sugar Does To Your Brain
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Joy Bauer, Today Show nutritionist and author of The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and Inspiration, and Ying Chu, Health & Beauty Editor at Marie Claire Magazine, about what eating too much sugar does to your brain and how to reduce sugar intake.
Today’s Health: Sugar Normal Daily Amount
Joy Bauer said the American Heart Association said we should have six teaspoons of added sugar a day. Bauer said we aren’t talking about natural sugars that are found in fruits, dairy products like milk and so on. Joy said that on average, people are having 22 teaspoons a day, which means they are taking on 75 pounds of sugar a year.
Today’s Health: What Sugar Does To Your Brain
Ying Chu said UCLA did a study on what sugar does to your brain. The study showed that sugar was creating brain fog. Chu said sugar would hinder your memory and the people were slow with their reaction. Chu said this kind of reaction can stick with you for up to 5 hours. This is for added sugar only, not natural sugars.She said the bloodstream has about four teaspoons of sugar in it already. If you drink one can of soda, that’s ten extra teaspoons of sugar. Chu said your insulin spikes and your chemicals go haywire.
Today’s Health: How To Reduce Sugar Intake
Joy Bauer said it doesn’t matter if you are overweight or skinny, sugar within your system is still bad, so everyone has to work on decreasing that amount. Joy suggested instead of donut holes, try the mini chocolate rice cakes. Instead of eating life savers all day, try the cinnamon hot ball because it takes a while to eat that. Bauer suggested freezing a banana instead of eating a popsicle.