Ways To Eat Less Sugar

Got a sweet tooth? Most of us are guilty as charged. And especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no end in sight to candy consumption.

For starters, a basic fact: According to the American Heart Association, the daily recommended amounts of added sugar differ by gender, which means 6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) for women and 9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories) for men.

Here’s what else you need to know to make smart choices when it comes to sucrose.

Marinara sauce:

Your favorite savory sauce may have added sugar. Manufacturers add it to bring out the natural sweetness of tomatoes. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious options that don’t have added sugar; finding them at your grocery store may just require a bit of label sleuthing. Or buy canned diced tomatoes and make your own sauce by simmering the tomatoes with sauteed onions and garlic and a bit of salt — which is almost as easy as opening a jar!

Beverages:

Yes, lemonade contains a load of sugar, but green health juice is loaded with 28 grams of the stuff. That’s the same as a bag of cotton candy. No matter which way you split it, these green health drinks are loaded with juice — and juice is a concentrated source of added sugar. We normally drink too much of it.

You’re much better off with fresh, whole fruit or frozen fruit, or just plain old seltzer water.

Hot drinks:

Yes, your morning beverage can get your day off to a sugary start. Lattes, hot chocolates and chai lattes all have added sugar — but many people think chai lattes aren’t that bad for you because it is a tea drink. Wrong! So order wisely in the morning.

Dessert:

Here’s a rude awakening for all of us who thought sorbet was a great choice: It’s actually filled with additive sugar. Which means that in fact, sorbets raise your blood sugar levels faster than regular ice cream or gelato.

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