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Hold the Sugar

3 Simple Tips...
To Cut Your Sugar Intake!

1. Know the Data

One 20-ounce bottle of soda has the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar. That alone is more than the American Heart Association’s 9-teaspoon (or 150-calorie) daily recommendation. On a percentage basis, the USDA says that no more than 5-15 percent of your daily calories should come from sugar and unhealthy fat. When you’re looking to buy a drink or snack food, check the label. And If it has more than 6 grams of sugar per serving, put it back.

2. Keep Some Sweets

You don’t have to say goodbye to all sweet things. For those occasional sugar cravings, experts suggest foods such as graham crackers, mixed berry salad, and Greek yogurt with low-sugar cereal and sliced strawberries. If you’re a chocoholic, grab a couple squares of dark chocolate. Hot chocolate (with no sugar added) is another good option. If you love smoothies, try one that is green-vegetable based.

3. Beware of the Trojan Horse

There are lots of foods that might seem healthy but actually have a lot of sugar. The biggest offenders are frozen meals, certain yogurts (check the label!), granola, salad dressing, sports drinks, and iced tea.