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 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 very rich and satisfying with a small amount.
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 Food and Nutrition http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/index-eng.php
The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide . Chronimed Publishing; 1998
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 August 1, 2012.
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 August 1, 2012.
What are empty calories? ChooseMyPlate.gov website. Available at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/weight-management-calories/calories/empty-calories.html. Accessed August 7, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 08/2012 -
- Update Date: 08/01/2012 -
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