Secret, Sneaky SUGAR
SUGAR! - It’s everywhere!
Sugar is an offender for the rise in obesity, and it’s mostly because ADDED sugar is in things we don’t even realize.
(A majority of this is because of sugary beverages, BAD)
Well, what makes sugar so bad? Sugar is an empty calorie. In naturally occurring sugars like in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains you’re getting nutrients along with the sweet taste of sugar, but in many of today’s foods extra sugar is ADDED - which increases calories and is NOT part of a well-balanced diet.
“ADDED sugars” are those refined and processed sugars that are added to many common foods. It’s not just the candy, but in bread, pasta and lunch meats. Unless labeled otherwise, these products often contain added sugar that doesn’t get processed by the body as easily as natural sugars and can cause serious health issues, especially at a young age.
So how do you protect yourself from these secretive sugars? It’s hard but there are ways!
The easiest way to avoid added sugars is to eat more whole foods and less processed foods.
And here’s how you do that-
-->Sugar occurs naturally in most foods, which is fine. To find out if there's ADDED sugars look at the ingredients list. Beware of: glucose, sucrose, lactose, honey, maltose, dextrose, fructose, molasses, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, corn sweetener, juice concentrate, natural sweeteners, refined sugar, turbinado sugar, confectioner’s (powdered) sugar. Even if honey is on the list (a natural sugar) it counts as an added sugar to that product.
-->YOU be in charge of how much sugar you use. You can use sugar but be smart with your portions. For example flavor yogurt with strawberries or honey, rather than buying strawberry flavored yogurt.
Kids should get about 3 teaspoons (12 grams) of sugar daily. So do you best to keep track and avoid a sugar attack!