Sugar seems to be “having a moment.”
Every “expert” in the diet industry wants you to detox from the sweet stuff, including sugar’s low-calorie counterpart, artificial sweeteners.
Is this really necessary, or is it just the latest version of the war against fat of the 1980s?
Yes and no. I know people hate nutritional gray areas, but “black or white” thinking is generally what gets us into these predicaments. What gives?
For the first time, Americans are now being specifically told to limit added sugars. New Dietary Guidelines recommend we should consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. Added sugars are the key words here. Naturally occurring sugars, like those in fruit, are not included. For someone older than 3, 10 percent of daily calories means eating no more than 12.5 teaspoons, or 50 grams, or about 193 calories of sugar a day. The problem for many,are hidden sugars.
Unfortunately, no matter what it’s called, sugar lurks in almost everything we eat, especially packaged foods. Where? You might be surprised. Read on to see if a few of the sweetest culprits are in your own refrigerator:
What should you do if you want to cut back? Just check the label and the ingredient list. If the first few ingredients include sugar, honey, corn syrup or any kind of syrup, skip it. No matter what they call it, it’s all still sugar… which means it’s going to add up to a lot of calories and no nutrients.
Next time you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, try nature’s candy: fresh fruit. Add a little nut butter for a protein boost.
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I will never look at my salad dressing the same ever again! Yikes!
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