Limit your sugar
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Sugar causes energy ups and downs and can add to health and weight problems. Unfortunately, reducing the amount of candy, cakes, and desserts we eat is only part of the solution. Often you may not even be aware of the amount of sugar you’re consuming each day. Large amounts of added sugar can be hidden in foods such as bread, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, fast food, soy sauce, and ketchup. Here are some tips:
- Avoid sugary drinks. One 12-oz soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it, more than the daily recommended limit! Try sparkling water with lemon or a splash of fruit juice.
- Sweeten foods yourself. Buy unsweetened iced tea, plain yogurt, or unflavored oatmeal, for example, and add sweetener (or fruit) yourself. You’re likely to add far less sweetener than the manufacturer would have.
- Eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth. Keep these foods handy instead of candy or cookies.
How sugar is hidden on food labels. Check food labels carefully. Sugar is often disguised using terms such as:
cane sugar or maple syrup -- corn sweetener or corn syrup -- honey or molasses -- brown rice syrup --crystallized or evaporated cane juice -- fruit juice concentrates, such as apple or pear -- maltodextrin (or dextrin) -- Dextrose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, or Sucrose