The Many Faces of Sugar
Don’t be fooled during your mission to stay healthy during National Nutrition Month. Sugar can be your worst enemy and it has several tricks up its sleeve. For example, sugar is not simply called “sugar” in every list of ingredients. Additionally, many foods that we consider to be common, like a bowl of cereal, can be high in sugar. Here are some tips and tricks on how to show sugar who’s boss.
In ingredient lists:
Sugar can be indicated by many names on ingredient lists, such as..
o fruit juice
o hydrolyzed starch
o invert sugar
o corn syrup
In your breakfast:
Sugar hides in several breakfast cereals. Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but if you’re consuming too much sugar, it can also be the unhealthiest meal of the day. Instead of eating Frosted Flakes, Lucky Charms or Fruit Loops, try plain cereals like Wheaties or Kashi GoLean Vanilla Graham Clusters. Plain oatmeal, or plain whole-wheat English muffins are also good options. Too plain for you? Here are some other healthy alternatives:
o Whole grain or multi grain bread for toast
o chia seed oatmeal
o sliced or mashed banana or chopped dried apricots added to your oatmeal
In your snacks:
Of course sugar is hiding in your snacks. From sweets to biscuits, cereal bars, and believe it or not, dried fruits, sugar could be a major ingredient. So instead of falling prey to these usual traps, opt for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit or homemade granola bars. More options include:
o cereal bars low in sugar salt and fat
o greek yogurt
o fresh or frozen fruit
o gluten free blueberry muffins
o unsalted rice cakes
Thank you for celebrating National Nutrition Month with ClinEdge. We’ve been doing our best to stay healthy this month and we hope you have been too! Please keep up with our site for more news and tips that’ll keep you on track of staying healthy and informed.