Sunday, November 1, 2009

How Sweet It Is

The average American woman consumes more than 3 times the recommended 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, and most women don’t even know it.

Hidden sugars are responsible for a large part of the excess intake, which the American Heart Association says can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

“Some sugary foods are pretty obvious. But even a frozen turkey entree can have as much as 7 teaspoons of sugar, and a half-cup of canned baked beans or bottled spaghetti sauce can have 3 teaspoons of sugar,” according to Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian whose new book — “Eat Your Way to Happiness” — includes a chapter on sugar smarts.

To combat hidden sugars, limit sodas to one a day, and when shopping, choose whole foods in their most natural state, recommends Lona Sandon, a registered dietician with the American Dietetic Association.

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