Men vs Women: Who consumes more sugar?

March 24, 2016

 

 

 

Pass on the soda and skip the sugary cereal. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that a whopping 13% of adults’ total calories come from added sugar. That’s too much: Dietary guidelines say that sugar and fats combined should make up only 5% to 15% of your total calories. And men between the ages of 20 and 59 are the biggest consumers.

 

Added Sugar Disguises Itself

Don’t be fooled by code names on food labels. You can know a food has added sugar if you see terms like brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit-juice concentrate, honey, molasses, raw sugar, rice syrup and sucrose. 

 

Added Sugar Disguises Itself

Don’t be fooled by code names on food labels. You can know a food has added sugar if you see terms like brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit-juice concentrate, honey, molasses, raw sugar, rice syrup and sucrose. 

 

Need help cutting down on the sweet stuff? Try these 8 tips:

  1. Avoid fruit drinks (even 100% fruit juices are essentially sugar and water in disguise), sports drinks, energy drinks and soda. Instead, replace them with beverages like Longevity or water.

  2. Look for whole grain breakfast cereals that contain 8 grams of sugar or less per serving.

  3. Instead of syrup, use fresh fruit or fruit puree for a sweet treat on pancakes and waffles. Maple syrup adds about 12 grams of sugar per tablespoon.

  4. Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol is made from sugar and acts like sugar in the body.

  5. Ditch the flavored creamers in your morning coffee. Just 1 tablespoon can add 6 grams of sugar. Instead, brew your cup of Joe with a cinnamon stick or vanilla bean. Or try sweetening your java with a natural cashew milk.

  6. Tomato sauce can have up to 14 grams of sugar per cup. Use crushed canned whole tomatoes to make your own sauce. One cup contains only 8 grams of sugar.

  7. Condiments such as barbecue sauce and ketchup are notoriously high in sugar. Try using malt vinegar to get some tangy flavor on your food.

  8. Since cookies, cakes and candies are a huge source of added sugars, don’t buy large, warehouse-sized boxes. Stick to smaller, supermarket-size packages. And don’t be quick to replenish the supply once it’s been gobbled up.

 

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