The FDA recommends that no more than 10% of our calories should come from added sugars. To accomplish this, read nutrition labels carefully. It helps to know all the names sugar can be called on the label (e.g., dextrose, fructose, maltodextrin). Another option is to change your breakfast habits, either by using fruit or cinnamon as sweeteners, or by eating savory foods instead of sweet. In baking, substitute mashed bananas, which add potassium as well as sweetness. Note that sugar is common in ketchup and barbecue sauce, so make an effort to choose other condiments instead. A final suggestion is to drink flavored seltzer instead of soda.
- Know the various names that sugar comes in. It has been renamed to keep sugar in there.
- Use other sweeteners like cinnamon and fruit to sweeten up your food.
- Read nutritional labels very carefully. Different types of sugars are labelled differently.
“Finding ways to swap added sugar for naturally occurring sugar (or to cut down on sugar altogether) is a good idea for your energy levels and your overall health.”