Sunday, September 7, 2008

09.07.08: Are You Too Sweet?

The World Health Organization says only 10 percent of our daily calories should come from added sugars.

This can be hard to do since sugars appear in foods under the guise of brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrum, fruit juice concentrate, honey, malt syrup, molasses, syrup and other forms.

To keep your sugar-load in check:
- Choose fresh fruit or fruits canned in fruit juice (not heavy syrup AKA sugar).
- Watch your intake of items that are high in added sugars. Culprits often include ice cream, soft drinks, cookies, cakes and pies.
- Snack on whole-grain crackers, low-fat cheese, yogurt or vegetables.
- Buy unsweetened cereals -- so that you can control the amount of sugar.
- Hold -- or limit -- white sugar, brown sugar, honey, jelly and syrup.

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