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There’s sugar in cookies, there’s sugar in candy bars. There’s sugar in caramel lattes, chocolate-covered raisins and popsicles.
There’s also sugar in jars of pasta sauce, loaves of bread and peanut butter.
There’s so much sugar added into our food, it’s almost impossible to keep up with it. There are 61 names for sugar blanketing nutrition labels. Do you know them all?
You can probably guess exactly which foods have the most added sugar: things like candy, soda, ice cream, cookies and cake. But did you realize a 20-ounce bottle of Lemon-Lime Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar? That’s more sugar than a Snickers candy bar!
Big deal, you may think. So I eat a little more sugar than I should. What’s the harm?
Research has found that excess sugar actually causes more problems than we ever imagined.
All that sugar will cause you to gain weight, which in turn can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. These symptoms can lead to chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugar you eat to 100 calories per day for women, 150 calories per day for men. That amounts to less sugar than one can of soda (which has about 160 calories, 10 teaspoons of sugar).
That’s not an easy task, considering the vast amount of high-sugar, processed foods we’re faced with each day. But it’s not impossible. In fact, it gets easier to pull off as you get used to permanent, healthy changes in your eating habits.
Mayo Clinic offers a great list of tips to start you on a lower-sugar path:
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless. Check out our healthy driven recipes.
Need help losing weight? Learn more about our Weight Loss Clinic.
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