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The road to reducing your sugar intake is very bumpy, winding, and filled with potholes. Once you start looking for added sugar, you find it everywhere. While there are many foods that naturally have sugar in them, there are others that have sugar added to them during manufacturing. Those added sugars can really add up, especially when you consider the average American consumes over 66 pounds of sugar each year. Whether you are trying to lose weight, keep your blood sugar in check, or simply want to feed your children healthy, avoiding added sugar takes work. Yes, you will be reading labels and giving up foods you once grabbed out of convenience. Yes, you will be planning ahead and thinning out your pantry. As with any change, it will be a learning process, but here are a few snack ideas to keep you on the right track.
No Sugar Added Snacks- Your Must Have List
- Fresh whole Fruits- oranges, apples, bananas, etc
- Natural peanut butter
- Cucumber slices
- Cheese Sticks
- Whole nuts- almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc
- Sunflower seeds
- Hard boiled eggs
- Nuts and seeds trail mix
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Carrot sticks
- Homemade salsa
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Cherry tomatoes
- Bell pepper slices
Important Things to Know
- Sugar can be naturally found in lots of food. Added sugar is sugar or syrup that has been added in during manufacturing the product.
- 1 teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams of sugar
- According to the American Heart Association, women’s daily recommended sugar intake is 6 teaspoons or 25 grams.
- Men’s daily recommended sugar intake is 9 teaspoons or 38 grams.
- Children should consume less than 6 teaspoons per day.
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