Tuesday, August 16, 2011
AN EASY WAY TO CUT ADDED SUGAR
Skip flavored yogurts and top plain yogurt with antioxidant-rich honey and fruit instead. Don’t get sabotaged by sweeteners. Even seemingly healthful foods like yogurt, cereal and energy bars can be crammed with added sugar. Most Americans get more than 22 teaspoons (88 grams) of added sugar a day. That’s almost three times the amount recommended by the USDA. The 2010 guidelines recommend no more than eight teaspoons, or 32 grams, of sugar for a 2,000-calorie diet. Even if you don’t indulge in soda or junk food, it’s easy to reach your limit from processed and packaged foods. Flavored yogurts, for instance, can contain up to 21 grams of sugar in a single serving. Other sugar shockers include whole-grain cereals, which may have up to 17 grams of sugar, and condiments like spaghetti and barbecue sauce, which routinely contain 15 grams of sugar per serving. Whenever possible, go the unsweetened or unflavored route and add your own sweetener instead. A packet of honey, by comparison, has just 11 grams of sugar and is loaded with healthful antioxidants; refined table sugar has none.