Watching Your Sugar Intake

Added sugar in products provides calories with no added nutrients and can damage your metabolism in the long run.  Eating too much sugar is linked to weight gain and various diseases like type II diabetes and heart disease.  The recommended daily amounts of sugar for young children is 3-4 teaspoons, pre teens and teens 5-8 teaspoons, men 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams and women 6 teaspoons or 25 grams.

Added sugar is found in many products that you may not also think about such as prepared sauces, soups and others.

Some coffee shop drinks can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar.  Some ways to cut the sugar and calories of your drinks are to order a smaller size, type of milk, skip the extras such as whip cream or caramel drizzle, and cut the syrup in half.  With some of these tips you will still get the same taste but cut the sugar and calories.  If you have a drink several times a week, these small changes can make a big difference in your sugar intake and calories.

I feel this is especially important if your children are also enjoying these drinks, such as hot chocolate. All of the extras can add up to extra sugar and calories they may not need.