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What’s the deal with added sugar?

January 28, 2016
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Here’s a great idea …

As a nation, we are getting too much sugar and it’s affecting our health.  The new Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting added sugars to 10% of your total intake.  For a 2,000 calorie diet, this means limiting to 50g of added sugar per day.

In other words …

Added sugars include brown sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose,  sucrose, glucose, honey, malt syrup, molasses, agave nectar, sugar, raw sugar …to name a few!  Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit or milk, are not added sugars.

How this applies to you..

If you’d like to get a handle on your family’s sugar intake, a good start is to check ingredient lists on the food you buy.  If an added sugar is listed as one of the first ingredients, maybe check for a healthier option.  The nutrition facts label does not yet list added sugar and naturally occurring sugar separately.  Keep that in mind when checking labels on foods that contain fruit and milk.

To find out more…

To read more about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, visit: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

Katie Holland and Rosemary Rodibaugh
navigatinglife@uaex.edu

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