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Sugar Surprises

A whole lot of people are saying that they want to eat less sugar. More than half of Americans have said this. Do you think they did?

Saying you want to eat less sugar is easier than following through and doing it. Your body and your brain are wired to want it. Did we grow up having it, so why not continue? What’s the big deal?

Research from the American Heart Association found that more often than not, we consume double the recommended amount.  Women should have no more than 100 calories of sugar and men not more than 150 calories.

Wait what ladies? Yes, it is more like 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Fair?

Where’s the Sugar

  • 5 Oreos are 23 grams of Sugar
  • Chobani Blueberry Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt is 15 grams of Sugar
  • Mountain Dew (20 oz) is 19.25 tsp of Sugar
  • Gatorade (20 oz) is 8.5 tsp of Sugar
  • One can of Coke is 42 grams of Sugar
  • White Wonder Bread (2 slices) is 3 grams of Sugar

Some examples – You have to look. You have to check it.

This or That?

Compare these pairs and make your choices.

  • 1 Tbsp ketchup 3g vs. 1 Tbsp of yellow mustard 0g
  • 1 cup tomato soup 8g vs. 1 cup chicken noodle 0g
  • One-piece BBQ chicken 5 g vs. one-piece Buffalo chicken 0g

What other swaps can you make? Start looking at what you have in front of you. What changes can you make? Look at your salad dressing and your coffee choices when you get them. Be very aware of your breakfast choices.

Sugar is very sneaky during the early parts of the day. Don’t worry as much about natural sugar especially from fruit. Those have benefits that outweigh the amount of sugar.

Look at your labels!

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