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How to read sugar content, keep track of intake

Posted by: admin at 10:57 am on October 15th, 2015

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I am really trying to cut back on my sugar consumption, but get confused when I look at product labels. I know sugar is listed under total carbohydrates, but it is usually listed in grams! Can you share some sugar content in some of our more common foods that we probably should not be eating?

Thanks for a great question! You are correct that on product labels, sugars are listed in grams, which is not very definitive. I hope this helps.

Chocolate candy bars range between 51/2 teaspoons of sugar in a 44-gram bar to 81/2 teaspoons of sugar in a 58-gram bar.

Sodas contain an average of 7 teaspoons of sugar in one can, according to a study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

Breakfast cereals contain a very diverse range of sugar, from 1 teaspoon of sugar per 100 grams to a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar, according to Medical News Today, which has a complete listing on its website, medicalnewstoday.com.

I know as a previous teacher at the International Schools overseas, it is very difficult to teach children when they come to school, acting like a BB in a blender on high speed from all of the sugar consumed at breakfast.

Fruit can be a better choice if the fruit is an appropriate size, and by that I refer to fruit being a tennis ball size and not softball size.

Most fruit, per 100 grams, contains 1-4 teaspoons of natural sugar.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported far too many Americans are consuming too many calories from added sugars.

The report revealed nearly 13 percent of adults' total caloric intake is coming from sources such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

To make it simpler to understand reading food labels about the product's sugar content, 4-5 grams of sugar (grams are usually listed on product labels) is the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar.

According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugar you should consume in one day is 9 teaspoons for a man and 6 teaspoons for a woman.

Oops, are you over your limit for today already?

Thought for the week: Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket! - Author unknown.

Next free nutrition classes will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Organic Emporium and 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Cuero Wellness Center.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at docphylis@gmail.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.


-By Phylis Canion