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Sugar in the Raw… Consuming too Much Sugar!

July 2, 2009

sugar in the raw

Oh sugar… it’s a love / hate relationship!
I love it so much, but then hate it in the long run when it sticks to by hips and thighs.

So how much sugar should you be consuming each day?
The USDA recommends that you use fat and sugars sparingly in your diet.

-1600-calorie diet: 20g of sugar (6 tsp)
- 2000-calorie diet: 32g of sugar (8 tsp)

To most people’s surprise, sugar is found in almost everything, including milk, fruits, some vegetables, breads, cereals, and grains. So staying within the 20-32g of sugar is difficult when you add in a soda or candy bar throughout the day. You want to stay away from refined sugar and turn towards those found naturally in fruits, vegetables and milk. But be careful, canned fruits and vegetables, along with yogurt and other milk products that have been processed can have just as much sugar as a scoop of ice cream!

Don’t forget your beverages! Most drinks are full of sugar, including those “healthy” sports drinks, fruit juices, or sodas. A 12-ounce Pepsi provides 103 percent of the daily-recommended sugar intake. Wow, I usually get the 32 oz soda from 7-11!

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Check out SugarStacks website for what sugar looks like in other foods here!

A good indicator of something high in sugar is found in the ingredients. If one of the following terms falls within the first 2-3 ingredients, you should probably put it down and just walk away.

* Brown sugar
* Corn sweetener or corn syrup
* Dextrose
* Fructose
* Fruit juice concentrate
* Glucose (dextrose)
* High-fructose corn syrup
* Honey
* Invert sugar
* Lactose
* Maltose
* Malt syrup
* Molasses
* Raw sugar
* Sugar (Sucrose)
* Syrup

Go look through your pantry and check out the sugar content on those nutrition labels… you will be shocked at some of your favorite foods you would think are low in sugar and aren’t!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2009 2:39 PM

    wow the sugar stack really shows! i should show my hubby that, he refuses to switch to diet- which i prefer anyway, but goes to show how many empty calories there are

    • Ruth permalink*
      July 6, 2009 10:05 PM

      haha! Good luck getting your husband to switch. I am attempting to slowly get my husband to cut down on his mt dew from 6 cans a day to 1 :)

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