One of the most commonly asked questions received by the Isagenix Research and Science team is about the presence of sugar in Isagenix products. In this call, David Despain, MS, CFS, Director of Science Communications, breaks down misconceptions regarding sugar and explains why a little sugar is OK in nutrient-rich products.
The use of modest amounts of sugar for natural sweetness in Isagenix products often raises questions from health-conscious consumers. Most of us consume too much sugar, with estimates of average consumption in North America nearing 120 grams of sugar per person per day.
When switching from a typical Western-style diet, those who replace two of their meals daily with Isagenix IsaLean® Shakes or Bars, on average, cut their total carbohydrate intake by more than half and cut their total sugar intake by nearly 12 teaspoons.
When you look at ingredient labels of Isagenix products, you’ll probably notice that some of them include small amounts of sugar. These might occur in different forms or a combination of forms, including dextrose, sucrose, fructose, honey, molasses, and agave syrup—the total of which never exceeds the amount of a medium-sized apple.
In the U.S., the average person consumes more sugar than anywhere else in the world. According to market research firm Euromonitor, daily sugar intake is now up to 126 grams. That is almost 32 teaspoons of sugar or about 500 extra calories every day. Health experts agree that too much sugar is bad for our well-being. Scientific research points to potential links between too much sugar, especially in the form of sugary drinks, and problems like weight gain and the risk of developing heart disease (1-3).
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