Sugary drinks sure are taking a beating in the public eye. Yes, we all know they are liquid calories with no nutrients. We drink too many of them and shouldn’t be drinking soda at all. Maybe they’re hot news because we are actually drinking more soda and other sweet drinks more than ever before. Consumption has doubled since the 1970s, undoubtedly because of supersized drink cups. But it turns out that soda, sweet tea, fruit drinks, frappuccinos and lattes are not the biggest culprits in our overconsumption of sugar.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are getting most of our excess sugar from food. Drinks account only for about a third. Some of the sources are obvious: sweetened cereals, sweets such as candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, jelly and syrup. But there are also hidden sources: processed foods, ketchup, tomato sauce, salad dressings and crackers. The CDC reports that 70 percent of our calories from added sugars comes from food.
Healthy Choices Are All Around!
Added sugar seems to be everywhere! But there are plenty of ways to cut back or otherwise avoid it. The most important advice is to read the nutrition facts label. If sugar is one of the first few ingredients, the product contains more sugar than other ingredients.
You can choose organic, checking to be sure the product is low in sugar, or make your own so you can control how much sugar you add. It’s amazing how you can adjust your taste buds over time to drink unsweetened tea or tea that’s been sweetened just a tad with honey.
Choose non-sugary drinks like water, green and herbal teas, and do all you can to reduce your sugar intake from food. Your best plan of action is to eat plenty of plant-based foods. You can also supplement your diet with nutritional products that contain little or no sugar.
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