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Spring Into Nutrition Month With A New Outlook on Sugar

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One of the best ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month® is to treat yourself to new flavors and new habits that emphasize healthy living.

You can start with finding new ways to sweeten up your meals without sugar. Too much sugar means too many calories, too much weight and even poor health.

It’s not just sweetened drinks like soda pop that are loaded with sugar and so are flavored creamers for coffee. Ready-to-eat foods like pizza and pasta sauces can be high in sugar and we can add too much sugar to our food.

Nine ways to lower your sugar intake

To help you reduce added sugar and live a healthier life in your assisted living community, here are nine easy tips:

  • Eat low-fat plain yogurt and add fresh, frozen or canned (in its own juice) fruit rather than fruit-flavored yogurt.
  • Cook plain oats and add cinnamon and dried fruit, rather than eating instant flavored oatmeal.
  • Drink healthier drinks like plain milk, or water.
  • If you like to drink juice, check the label for the ingredients and pick juices without sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Eat unsweetened applesauce rather than applesauce with sweeteners like sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Avoid chocolate milk. Drink low-fat milk instead.
  • Try jams and jellies with no added sugar. They’re tasty, healthy alternatives to jams and jellies loaded with sugar.
  • Try a smoothie with fruit, even frozen fruit, low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt. Have a smoothie as a replacement for ice cream.
  • Avoid sweetened drinks like soft drinks, energy drinks, or sports drinks. Stick to water or plain low-fat milk.

Other ways to check your sugar intake

Be sure to check the new and improved Nutrition Facts Label to identify sources of sugars. Ingredients also tell you about sugar because they’re ordered by largest amounts. For example, check pasta sauce ingredients. In some cases, sugar is the second ingredient.

Sweeteners and sources of added sugars include brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucrose and white granulated sugar. 

Fruits are a great replacement for sugary snacks. For example, strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. For drinks, milk gives you vitamins A and D and calcium.

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