Limiting Your Intake of Sugar
Do Not Be Fooled by Low-Fat Sweets
Find Other Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
- Instead of the sugary cereal you have been eating since you were a kid, make a bowl of oatmeal and top it with some brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
- Mix ¼ cup of a sugary cereal with ¾ cup of a less sugary cereal. Check the Nutrition Facts label for the sugar content.
- Snack on a bowl of applesauce. If it is not sweet enough, then add raisins or brown sugar.
- Fruits, both fresh and dried, are sweet and may offer you the sweet fix you are looking for at 3:00 in the afternoon or after dinner. Before heading for the candy, try some fruit first and see if that satisfies your sweet tooth.
- Dark chocolate (made with 70% cocoa or more) has less sugar and can be rich and satisfying in small amounts.
Choose Diet Versions
- Seltzer water (some are flavored)
- Club soda (add a splash of fruit juice for flavor)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org
US Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Sugars and carbohydrates. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Sugars-and-Carbohydrates%5FUCM%5F303296%5FArticle.jsp. Updated June 11, 2012. Accessed July 15, 2014.
Sugars and sweeteners. US Department of Agriculture website. Available at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/sugar-sweeteners.aspx. Updated July 3, 2012. Accessed July 15, 2014.
What are empty calories? ChooseMyPlate.gov website. Available at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/weight-management-calories/calories/empty-calories.html. Accessed July 15, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2014 -
- Update Date: 07/15/2014 -
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