Low Sugar, Low Calories

14 Nov

How can limiting sugar decrease excessive calorie intake?

Foods high in sugar are typically high in calories and lack health-boosting nutrients. Among the most common culprits are sweetened beverages, candy and bakery products.

And excess weight is the largest risk factor for developing type 2 Diabetes. And as our weight increases so does the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, a stroke, cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Unfortunately, many people believe that since a dessert has a little less sugar that’s it’s OK to eat more of it, resulting in eating even more calories and weight gain.

To truly eat healthfully, eat fresh unprocessed foods, especially for snacks and dessert. The healthiest foods don’t come in a cellophane package or box, they’re found in the produce section.

Some people mistakenly believe since fruit naturally contains sugar, it should be limited or eliminated from their diets. Health experts only recommend limiting added sugars.

Fresh fruits are the healthiest way to add natural sweetness to cereals, plain yogurt and even desserts. Unlike any type of sugar, fruits provide health-giving antioxidants, vitamins, potassium and fiber.

Like everything else, a little common sense and label-checking goes a long way toward healthy eating.

Source: The Elyria Chronicle 11-1-2017 newspaper Elyria, Ohio Phyllis J. Molnar is a registered and license dietitian who writes about food and health for the Chronicle-Telegram and The Gazette.

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