How to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
When trying to reduce sugar in the diet, a good rule of thumb is to not put anything in the grocery basket that has more than 10 grams of added sugar. Stay away from refined sugars and dense carbohydrates to lower sugar intake with advice from a licensed dietitian and nutritionist in this free video on healthy eating.
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When you are trying to reduce the sugar in your diet the first thing you want to do is try to do it when you are in the grocery store and you are shopping and it's helpful if you have a rule of thumb to go by and so the rule of thumb that I generally tell people is to make sure that everything that goes in that cart is not more than 10 grams of sugar per serving because sugar is a tremendous hidden calorie. It adds no volume to food so you have no idea it's there. For example, let's take a packet of oatmeal. If you do instant oatmeal and you go with a regular flavored oatmeal, you're getting about 30 grams of sugar, 30 grams of carbohydrate in just one half cup serving. If you go with the plain oatmeal without the added sugar you're getting half that much, just 15 and the calories are double. The sugar will double the calories so the first thing you always think of is less added sugar and that under 10 rule really helps. Well there are no sugar added type of products you know and a lot of people find these no sugar added fudge-sicles you know are fairly appealing because they have that nice sugary flavor but they don't have as much added sugar. Fruit of course has sugar in it but it's not concentrated like it is in juices and candy so fruit is a good option because you get the filling quality from the fruit. Of course the juice is the opposite, once you have taken the fiber out then it becomes a very sugary product and adds a lot of calories without volume. Carbohydrate is just the kind of the overall scientific word for all forms of sugar in a food so if you are looking at a label and you are looking at "the sugar grams" that's telling you more or less how much sugar has been added to that food but all foods can have some sugar in them that are natural and they can be high depending on what it is. For example if a person ate pasta that you know gives them sugar. It is not a sweet form of sugar but it's still sugar. So when people are on diets to lower their carbohydrate they have to watch about their quantity of carbs as well as the quantity of the simple sugars.