POINT TO PONDER:If consuming about 2,000 calories/day, average sugar intake would equate to 20 teaspoons.
Recommendations for added sugar consumption are:
- Women - no more than100 calories (6 tsp.) daily
- Men - no more than 150 calories (9 tsp.) daily
- Sugar is a natural component in many foods & recipes as an added ingredient improving the overall food product or recipe flavor, texture, and palatability.
- Sugar is a derivative from sugar cane or sugar beets.
- Sugar adds calories though not necessarily vitamins or minerals compared to other carbohydrates
- Sugar is categorized as a “simple” carbohydrate- it is broken down into glucose faster and absorbed into the body quickly.
- reducing sweetened beverages except those that are rich in calcium & vitamins
- reducing those extra condiments, toppings, and candies that quickly increase sugar and calories
- researching websites that explain sugar reduction and increase use of natural sweeteners
- increasing intake of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables with natural vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients
- increasing complex whole-grain carbohydrates- snack foods rich in fiber
- drinking more water with zero calories, no added sugars
Sources: American Heart Association
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