Keeping An Eye On Sugar

Sugar content is an important aspect of any diet.  Sugar can be artificial, but is naturally occurring in many foods.  Dairy products contain lactose and fruits contain fructose.  The American Heart Association recommends that no more than half of the calories you consume in a day come from added sugar.  For women, this number is approximately 100 calories (6 teaspoons), and for men, they suggest no more than 150 calories (9 teaspoons) come from added sugar.

Sugar

When looking at ingredient lists, keep an eye out for these words as indications of added sugar:

  • Brown sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Maltose
  • Lactose
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Table sugar

Cutting down on sugar is essential for weight loss diets.  While sugar is fat free, it does provide completely empty calories with essentially no nutritional value.  You can cut down on sugar by swapping out your soda for other beverages – especially water; adding fruit to cereal or yogurt instead of sugar or honey; cut down on sugar you add to coffee; or cut the servings back while baking and cooking.

2017-11-18T13:56:51+00:00November 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|