The first time I heard that Def Leppard hit "Pour some sugar on me", I wondered what it would be like if it actually happens. Of course, the effect would be pretty similar to a time when one gets thrown into a vat of beer or dances in the vineyards of the Napa Valley (like Keanu Reeves in "A Walk in the Clouds") but after a point, the whole pouring thing would make you just feel like you've OD'd on saccharine.
Of course, the reference to saccharine here, is completely different… but you do get my drift… don't you?
However, since we're dealing with the literal interpretation here, Americans eat way too much sugar which amounts to almost two to three pounds a week either through the consumption of table sugar as well as its presence in processed foods that we find in the supermarket.
And we're not even talking about the foods that contain the most sugar here!
Ill-effects of Eating Sugar
With the invention of the glycemic index (GI) for the benefit of diabetics, it has become commonplace to identify foods (based on the readings) that will prevent diabetics from eating foods that are too high in sugar.
According to this index, GI values above 70 indicate very high levels of sugar, values between 56 and 69 are moderate as well as those below 55 are indicative of foods that are low in sugar.
Eating too much sugar though is harmful as it not only suppresses the immune system while also causing hypertension and depression but is one of the biggest reasons for several diseases such as tooth decay to tooth disease, coronary heart disease to stomach acidity and so on and so forth.
In the case of diabetics though, there is no doubt that this has to be done… as their very lives depend on it!
And perhaps, this is where the GI values can come into play if you want to be cognizant of eating too much sugar.
Now since, not all of us are aware of the foods that have very high GI values, here is a list of foods that are very high in sugar.
Foods High in Sugar
According to the Glycemic index, this list of foods are the ones that have their values soaring above 70, and which quite literally means that you are at that point where you are pouring buckets of sugar on yourself!
Of course, this (black)list is not an exhaustive one, but it will give a good picture of what you should be watch out for when you reach out for one of these foods at the supermarket.
Sodas/ Carbonated Drinks
French Fries and Doughnuts
Energy and Meal Replacement Bars
Cookies and Candy
High Sugar Breakfast Cereal
Ice Cream & Desserts
Dried Fruit & Fruit Juices
Perhaps what I'm not suggesting that one should get off sugar completely but at least take it easy on some of foods that you almost absolutely have to have (without any sort of limits). Diabetics understand limits… and sometimes so should we, the ones who are luckier!