Confused about Sugar? How much is OK? Is it really thaat bad?
Wondering what Added Sugar even means??? This refers to the amount of sugar added to a product during processing, which would not naturally be present. Example – think the sugar that’s naturally in a fresh orange, versus the sugar added to Orange Soda!
Did you know that the major source of added sugar in the average American’s diet comes from drinks and not “food”?! This includes soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, and flavored water. The calories that come from added sugar in beverages like these are known as empty calories, which means these calories have no nutrients and can even end up taking the place of more nutritious foods in our diets. This can leave us nutrient-deprived, even though we may be meeting or exceeding our calorie and energy needs. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar to 9 teaspoons a day for men, and 6 for women, but with 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon, this can add up quickly!
Check out my recent appearance on WJHL’s Daytime Tri-cities — watch below and you can catch me talking all about the health effects of added sugars, along with my favorite tips and tricks for replacing and improving your favorite sweet drinks – and even how to enjoy drinking water again!
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