By: Nikki Nies
The average American’s diet typically contains 13% of added sugar. Some might argue that they don’t eat out so they can’t be like the norm, however, many Americans don’t realize that added sugar is in everyday items that have been deemed healthy.
Hidden Sources of added Sugar:
- Ice cream
- Fruit punch
- Cinnamon toast waffles
- Sweetened yogurt
- Sweetened milk
- nergy and sports drinks
- Barbecue sauce
- Salad dressing
Names of hidden sources of added sugar in products: honey; anhydrous dextrose; brown sugar; corn syrup; dextrose, fructose; high fructose corn syrup; pancake syrup; raw syrup; maple syrup; molasses; sugar; sucrose; white granulated sugar; nectar–peach or pear nectar; lactose; invert sugar; corn syrup solids; molasses
Recommended sugar intake: suggested women should not consume any more than 6 teaspoons of sugar daily; men should not consume any more than 10 teaspoons of sugar daily;
Make sure to check out the nutrition labels when grocery shopping. While it may sound time consuming at first, it’ll save the health of your family and yourself in the long run. After a while, you’ll see trends and get an idea of what brands, flavors and types of foods are better alternatives than others.
- Stick to 100% natural juices–such as Tropicana® Pure Premium® juice
- Make from scratch, using healthier sugar alternatives such as applesauce, dates, cranberries, bananas, cinnamon and/or lemons and limes.
- Buy sugar free or low calorie food
- Substitute spices in recipes, such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg
- Use extracts–such as vanilla, honey or coconut
I know it’s a lot of information to take in, but slow, modifiable changes is the way to go. You’re much more likely to keep those healthier lifestyle habits long term if you don’t think of it has a ‘have to’, but a ‘want to.’ Your body will thank you!