Sugar is everywhere in the American diet, though largely invisible. Let us reveal its hiding spots and help you steer clear of traps.
Cut Back On Sugar
Americans consume more than 70 pounds of sugar per person per year, very little that are natural such as those found in fruit and milk. Added sugars (those put in during processing) are one of the main reasons packaged foods—and even marinara sauce, salad dressing, and breads—can be calorically dense. A sugar-laden diet could not only increase your risk of heart disease but also lead to weight gain and diabetes. Our consumption of added sugars has increased by more than 30% over the past three decades, so it's no surprise that for the first time, the USDA's Dietary Guidelines committee is proposing a limit on added sugars: no more than 10% of total daily calories. That's about 50 grams (or 200 calories) in a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. Here are information, tips, recipes, and resources to help you cut back.