Do baby boomers have bad diets? Even though baby boomers enjoy a longer life expectancy, diabetes and bad health is more common than ever before.
Baby Boomers Live Longer, Less Healthy
Advances in medication have allowed baby boomers to live longer lives. But just because life expectancy has increased does not mean that baby boomers are living healthier lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, baby boomers are less healthy and have higher diabetes rates than people in their same age-group 10 years ago. Obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol rates have also increased in the baby boomers population.
Bad Sugar Diets And Diabetes Within Baby Boomers
Added sugars and corn based sweeteners are the hidden weapons companies use to make packaged foods taste better. The increased sales in processed foods comes at a high cost. Baby boomers are living longer with higher diabetes rates and sicker lives.
Not all calories are digested the same way; some are worst than others. Continuous intake of corn based sweeteners is as toxic to the human body as alcohol. Our bodies start developing insulin resistance, diabetes, fatty liver, hypertension and low metabolism. Worst yet, metabolic disorders may increase the risk of cancer and dementia which are already growing concerns for the baby boomer population.
Eating Less Sugar For Healthier Lives
Eating less sugar is one of the best way live a healthier lifestyle. When our ancestors were running around chasing food, sugar helped them survive, as it provided a direct source of energy. During that time, sugar was harder to find and less common in everyday diets. Fast forward to today’s modern world, and sugar is harder to avoid than anything else.
The best way to eat less sugar is to know when to stop. According to the American Heart Association, women should eat no more than 25 grams of sugar per day. Men should eat no more than 35 grams of sugar per day. It’s easy to turn an ice cream carton over and count the grams of sugar, but in order to eat less sugar on a daily basis, one must also:
Account for the number of servings. The grams of sugar on the nutritional label should be multiplied by the amount of servings in order to obtain the total sugar amount in the package.
Account for fructose corn syrup. Corn based sweeteners are used in processed foods in order to reduce the grams of sugars listed on their nutritional labels. This is a great marketing tactic companies use often to hide the amount of added sugars in a package. Sugars can be found in foods you would never think of; such as 100% juice and milk. Remember that you are consuming sugar when eating these foods even though they are not necessarily “sweet’.
Avoiding sugar is easy once your taste buds adjust to healthier dieting. Not only does eating refined sugar raises cholesterol, most foods with larger amounts of sugar usually contain excess fats and cholesterol. Processed sugars and corn based sweeteners can also cause hypertension. Baby boomers are living longer but less healthy due to the over-consumption of sugar and corn based sweeteners. Eating 25 grams per day (women) and 35 grams per day (men) or less is recommended for baby boomers and anyone else interested in lowering their risk of diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
About the Author:
Audrey Lefebvre, RN is a holistic lifestyle nurse in Florida. Audrey has been practicing holistic healthcare and assisted living for the past 5 years. Audrey is the Nursing Director for AudreyTheNurse.com and enjoys writing topics related to nutrition and healthy regimens.