Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sugar Facts



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
An added benefit to controlling your intake of “simple” carbohydrates (sugars) would be to maintain a normal weight as recommended by physicians and other health professionals and stay active!
Sources: American Heart Association |