Sugary Foods Impact Health, Cause Weight Gain
Sugar is found is many of our kids' favorite foods. Just think about it: pies, cakes, ice cream, cookies, chocolate, candy, cereal, soft drinks.
Sugar is also an ingredient in these 'kid-favorite' foods: cured meats, baked beans, salad dressing, peanut butter, ketchup, flavored yogurt, spaghetti sauces, soups, bread.
Although sugar isn't an inherently unhealthy thing, over-consumption of sugar can be.
Amount of Sugar in Popular Foods & Snacks
A regular 12-ounce soft drink contains 9-12 teaspoons of sugar.
One-quarter cup of maple syrup has about 7 teaspoons of sugar.
A package of Hostess Twinkies contains about 6 teaspoons of sugar.
A 10-ounce McDonald's chocolate shake has almost 10 teaspoons of sugar.
One cup of Dannon's Lowfat Raspberry Yogurt contains almost 11 teaspoons of sugar!
Tips for Reducing Sugar in Your Daily Diet
A way to add fun into your diet without increasing the fat and calories is to substitute applesauce and fruits for oil in recipes.
Rather than incorporating REAL sugar into your holiday treats, opt for slenderizing Splenda,which holds up exceptionally well under heat.
There's no aftertaste, no calories and it's been proven safe by the FDA for both children and adults alike - but of course, check with your doctor before giving Splenda or any sugar substitute to children under your care.
The Sweet Comparison
- 1 cup of sugar contains about 800 calories
- 1 cup of Splenda or Equal contains about 0 calories
The downside? Splenda is on the expensive side. However, if it is keen in ridding unwanted pounds, that expense might be cheap when it comes to redeeming health values.
There are also health concerns that one might have for all forms of sugar and fat substitutes, so one must use their own good judgment in combination with their doctor's advice.
We have often stated that every positive thing is usually accompanied with a negative when the situation involves dieting.
Sugar Free Jams - For Recipes & Saving Calories
Sugar free jams will save you even more calories and when added to recipes, the difference between light and regular is generally unnoticed.
The base of most jams consists of fruit. Grapes, peaches, strawberries, plums, apricots, apples, pineapples, cherries - even mint will enhance your recipes and add a unique flavor to your diet.
Purchase unsweetened canned fruit and add extra sweetness using Splenda/Equal sugar substitutes for zero added calories and fat.
Replace Sugar With Honey to Save Calories
Replace the sugar in your recipes with honey. You'll use less, thus save calories. Honey also adds a unique taste to foods and helps liven up the same-old-same-old diet plan.
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