Smart Sweet Swaps

Why it’s important to cut the sugar

As a nation, we’re consuming more added sugar than ever before, and it’s showing in our waistlines. More people are heading to their doctors with serious health conditions, such as obesity, high blood sugar levels, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Cutting out regular soda and other sugary beverages would be a major step, but it won’t fix the problem. We add sugar to our coffee, cereal and oatmeal, and we get it from many processed foods such as bread, yogurt, peanut butter, salad dressing and even barbecue sauce. That’s why it’s important to read nutrition labels and take note of sugar grams. Aim for no more than 30 to 45 grams a day as recommended by the American Heart Association. One teaspoon is about 4 grams of sugar.

Where’s the Sugar?

Check out these surprising sources of sugar, and some lower-sugar alternatives:

Sugar loaded: Pasta sauce, half cup, 10 grams sugar
Better: Olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic and diced fresh tomato, half cup, 0 grams sugar

Sugar loaded: Store bought chai tea, 8 ounces, ?14 grams sugar
Better: 1 steeped chai tea bag with unsweetened almond milk, 8 ounces, 0 grams sugar

Sugar loaded: Store-bought smoothie, 8 ounces, 18 grams sugar
Better: Homemade smoothie, 12 ounces of unsweetened 1 percent milk, half small banana, fresh kale, 43 grams whey protein, estimated sugar 8 grams

Read more about Nutrition Services at Northside.

 

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