Many Americans eat far more sugar than is recommended in a healthy diet
each day, and much of this sugar comes from pre-packaged foods. Therefore,
you might consider cooking at home more often and limiting your consumption
of processed foods to keep your weight in a healthy range and reduce your
risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a number of other serious conditions. In addition to preparing
more foods from scratch, you can follow these helpful tips for reducing
added sugars from your diet for a healthier future.
Know the many names of sugar
When you do turn to packaged foods, you should
look carefully at the ingredients to spot added sugars. In addition to sugar, you might see corn syrup,
malt sugar, molasses, honey, fruit juice concentrates, and a wide range
of sugar molecules ending in “-ose”. When you see these products
listed high in the list of ingredients, you will want to avoid that particular
product in your regular diet.
Cut down on juice and soda
Many people will make the mistake of assuming that juice is a healthy alternative
to sugary sodas, but juice can have just as much sugar as a can of soda,
so it is best to choose unsweetened beverages instead. Water is the best
choice, but unsweetened iced tea and lightly flavored water are good alternatives as well.
Avoid keeping sugary foods at home
It can be hard to avoid the temptation of sweet treats when they are readily
available in your cabinets. Keeping cookies, candy, and other high-sugar
snacks out of the house will help your whole family enjoy these treats
only in moderation.
For more tips on
maintaining a healthy diet and keeping your family well, connect with Riverside Community Hospital
through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3463.
Our nurses can help you coordinate hospital services, find a physician,
or sign up for classes and events to keep you educated and informed about
your family’s health.