Added sugar is everywhere! It has been hidden in the ingredients list and is impossible to keep track of. It also wasn’t until recently that there was even a a general guideline of how much is too much. The Kind Company is trying to bring awareness to consumers that added sugar is throughout our diets and do pose health risks to adults and children.
Why is added sugar all of the sudden in the spotlight?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has highlighted added sugar as a nutrient to decrease for Americans based on research on the American diet. Guidelines are to limit added sugar to less than 10% of your caloric intake. At the same time regulations have passed to have added sugar added to the new nutrition facts label to help Americans keep track of their intake.
So what are some easy ways to lower your added sugar intake?
- Stick to homemade foods and whole foods as often as you can. Added sugar is usually added during processing of foods. When you make it yourself you have the control and know exactly what is added.
- Skip the drinks that aren’t water, milk, or 100% juice. You can easily gulp down your daily amount of added sugar with just one drink. Don’t believe me? 4g of sugar equals 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Get to know secondary names for added sugar in the ingredients list to be able to decipher any food label at the store. Look for anything with the ending of -ose like fructose, dextrose, maltose, sucrose, or high fructose corn syrup, cane juice, beet juice (sugar comes from sugar cane and sugar beets), agave, honey, brown sugar, among many many more. ChooseMyPlate has a small easy description on their website that’s awesome too.
- Some foods to double check your label on are yogurts, cereals, granola bars, cakes, cookies, and canned fruits.
Hopefully these tips can help you cut the added sugar and extra calories. If you have any tips you use feel free to share below.