Sugar intake and weight management

  • 31 Oct 2015
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  • Not all carbohydrates are made equal. However, many studies have shown that reducing overall carbohydrate intake can help with weight management.
  • Added sugar which is a simple carbohydrate is usually very difficult to get away from since it is practically in everything we eat nowadays.
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada was one of the first in the country to provide concrete recommendations on added sugar (position statement found in references).
  • Added sugars are primarily found in: regular soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, sweet rolls, pastries, donuts, fruit drinks, ice cream.
  • Added sugar can go by many names, here are a few: anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, confectioner's powdered sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, nectars (e.g., peach nectar, pear nectar), raw sugar, sucrose, sugar, white granulated sugar.
  • Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, so where sugar is listed in relation to other ingredients can indicate how much sugar a particular food contains.

CONCLUSION: BE MORE AWARE OF ADDED SUGARS IN YOUR DIET AND TRY LIMITING INTAKE.

References and resources:

          1. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/added-sugar-in-the-diet/

          2. http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ikIQLcMWJtE&b=4016859&ct=14183373

          3. http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.9201361/k.47CB/Sugar_heart_disease_and_stroke.htm

          4. http://authoritynutrition.com/sugar-the-worst-ingredient-in-the-diet/