So how do we limit our sugar intake? Use these 10 tips to help you make better food choices:
FIRST THREE RULE: Check your ingredient list on the Nutrition Facts Panel. If you see sugar (any form of it) in the first three ingredients you may want to rethink your purchase.
If you see different forms of sugar pop up more than three times on an ingredient list, there is probably too much sugar in the product. Put it back and look for a comparable product without three plus sources.
Buyer beware!! Foods don’t need to taste sweet to have added sugars. Convenience items like salad dressing, pasta sauce, ketchup, and breads can contain sugar. Compare labels to find items with less or make your own! Favroite salad dressing of all time: Extra-virgin Olive Oil, freshly squeezed lemon, salt and a drop of honey! mix well and pour over salad, fish, chicken, veggies!
Aim to keep the grams of sugar less than half of the fiber.
Choose fresh fruits as a snack over sugar-y granola bars.
Choose plain low-fat organic yogurt and add fresh fruit, nuts, or a touch of vanilla to it for flavoring.
If you choose fruit juice make sure it is 100% fruit juice and limit to 4 oz which is considered a serving size.
Choose water flavored with lemon over sugar sweetened beverages.
Prepare more meals at home where you have control over ingredients.
Don’t keep you favorite sweet items within reach! If it’s not there it’s not as easy to eat.
It may take a little time for your taste buds to adjust but they can and will. Try cutting back slowly so you can make changes you are willing to stick with. Your body will thank you I promise!