How Much Is Your Sugar Addiction Costing You?
So you’ve tried fashionable diets, you’ve tried shopping on a full belly, you’ve tried working with a ‘sugar buddy’ to reduce your intake of that fiendishly sweet additive, but it’s no use. You just keep buying and eating sugar-filled products! Well, before you feel that you’ve run out of strategies to cure your sugar addiction, here’s one that will confront you with some stark truths: the sugar audit.
These days, it’s easy to trace our sugar trail – and it isn’t always pleasant where it leads. In the UK, for example, researchers have found that Brits are eating 59g of sugar every day – around twice the recommended limit. Convert those fatty pounds to £’s and pence, and you can see that cutting down on sugar would be as kind to the wallet as it would to the hips.
One blueberry muffin per week adds up to around £100 ($122) over a year – and each one wipes out your daily recommended sugar intake in just a few bites. A regular Brit might be spending the equivalent of $1500-2000 each year on unnecessarily sugary treats. And they probably eat healthier than most Americans!
There are less direct costs that add up for a sugar junkie, too. Maybe you fight the flab at the gym – good for you, as even a healthy eater should make sure they get their exercise. But if all that hard work, and $20-30/month subscription, is going towards burning off excess sugar, you can consider it symptomatic of an inefficient lifestyle.
Add in weight loss program costs, dental fees and rising health insurance premiums and the picture starts to become significantly weighty.
Hopefully the shock of this audit alone will put you off reaching for sugary items next time you’re in the supermarket or coffee shop. But if you need a bit more of a helping hand, try keeping a calorie counter app such as MyFitnessPal on your phone. It’s a good way to keep that audit in mind at the dinner table, in a restaurant or at the bar. Use it to figure out where to make those switches in your lifestyle – such as dropping the breakfast cereal (a surprisingly sugar-heavy number) and eating a high protein breakfast like scrambled eggs, instead.
PoundPlace’s new infographic explores that sugar audit in full, and comes with some tips on how to keep your diet, and your wallet, in balance. Remember, that sweet treat can come at a startling cost.