Sugar… Not So Sweet
You may be surprised about how much sugar your family is eating. As a doctor who helps women get healthy, I know I was …
Lets look at some trouble areas:
The average American eats 150lbs of sugar per year…and…50% of sugar in the diet comes from beverages and baked goods. That’s right; you can reduce your sugar intake by half if you cut out the dessert and the drinks!
Check this out: 1 bottle of 20oz soda has 13 teaspoons of sugar
I’m a big fan of flavored seltzer and watered down juice. Those act as good soda replacements.
Another area that women get fooled is when a product states that it is “fat-free.” Items that are “fat-free” have as much or more sugar than foods that have more fat. It’s the sugar that makes us fat ladies not the FAT!
For Example: “Reduced fat” nilla wafers have 26 teaspoons of sugar in the box. That’s 2.5 tsp per serving!
Plus…Sugar is added to many foods you just wouldn’t think of. For Example: Crackers, breads, cereal, salad dressing, and peanut butter… All of these items have ½ tsp-2 teaspoons of sugar per serving!
You’re probably not thinking that the salad you had for lunch had sugar in it but if you used a standard salad dressing chances are it did.
Jif peanut butter contains ¾ teaspoon of sugar per serving. So the next time you make your kid a peanut butter and jelly sandwich think twice. I recommend selecting no sugar peanut butter; the bread and the jelly are sweet enough.
Articicial sweeteners are hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar. Even though a product is labeled sugar-free it can change your taste buds towards craving sweeter foods.
Here’s what you need to know when reading package labels:
5g = 1tsp (5 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon)
So when you are reading labels check to see how many grams of sugar are in each serving.
-Be Healthy, Happy and Holistic