- Dec 23, 2009
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The average American diet consumes over 25% of their diet from added sugar, which is more than 15 % more than recommended. Everything from table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, and artificial sugar, we have wrapped our entire diet around sugar and it is hard to shake. What harms Americans more are the hidden sugars. You know when you consume candy, soda, or cake that you are consuming sugar, but many are not aware of the hidden sugars found is processed food, salad dressing, and meat products in the form of dextrose. For those who are not aware stored sugar is turned into fat and can lead to diabetes. The goal this week is to become aware of hidden sugars and try and eliminate as much of that from your diet as possible. Here are so tips to help with that:
- Read the packaging for meat at your local store. If you see dextrose or sugar grab meat without it.
- Find Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce without sugar or added sugar.
- Limit the amount of processed food you consume
- Substitute sugared drinks (soda, sports drinks, fruit juice) with water or unsweet tea.
- consume more of your sugars in the form of fruit.
I challenge you to eliminate as much hidden sugar from your diet as possible and I will do the same. Next Friday I will post my progress.
10 Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Substitutes - Health.com
Proposed sugar guidelines Less than a soda a day - CNN.com
Eating too much added sugar may be killing you