There is no point in denying it: sugar is bad for you. 

 

 
A misleading sugar ad from the 1970's. 

 

The problem is, sugar is in almost everything and sometimes disguised in unlikely places. You're going to consume it in your daily diet. By eliminating excessive sugar, we can avoid the negative health effects.

When label sleuthing, avoid products which contain: corn sweetener, corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, malt sugar, molasses, and syrup sugar molecules ending in “ose.”

 

 

Americans consume between 270-380 calories of added sugar every day. The American Heart Association recommends that we consume no more than 150 calories of added sugar per day.

Sugars cause your brain to release dopamine, that addictive craving for sweets you would not experience if you were eating foods with natural sugars. If you drink too many alcoholic beverages, you know you shouldn’t drive. But there is no comparable standard of accountability when it comes to consuming too much sugar.

 

 

Let’s look at 10 negative health effects of a diet high in added sugars: 

1. Weight gain

2. Increased risk of heart disease

3. Increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes

4. Increased risk of cancer

5. Increased risk of depression

6. Fatty liver

7. Increased risk of kidney disease

8. Increased risk of dental problems

9. Gout

10. Increased risk of cognitive decline

  

 

    It's okay to indulge when it's not in excess. Here's how we compare to other snacks:

     

      

     

    At Rip Van, we believe you should know exactly what you’re putting in your body, which is why we use simple ingredients. We wanted to create a convenient snack that you can feel good about eating any time. 😊

     

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