Put Your Best Fork Forward: Eating Right with Less Added Sugars

March 28, 2017

Sugar is found naturally in some foods and drinks, like fruit and milk, but it is also added to many of them. Added sugars give these items a sweet taste. Most Americans get too many calories from added sugars and over time this may affect their weight and health.

Many people think of desserts as the main source of added sugars, but there are many foods and drinks that contain them. For example, sweetened drinks like regular soft drinks, some fruit drinks, and energy drinks are all sources of added sugars. Snack foods, like crackers, and even ready-to-eat foods, like pizza and pasta sauces, can be made with added sugars. People may also add sugar to what they eat and drink, like sprinkling over cereal or pouring flavored creamer in coffee.

Try these tips on how to reduce sources of added sugars:

  • Sweeten plain yogurt with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of granola in place of fruit-flavored yogurt
  • Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, add cinnamon and fresh fruit
  • Experiment with new homemade recipes, such as pasta sauce or salad dressing
  • Enhance foods with extracts such as almond, vanilla, orange or lemon
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth by heating up cinnamon sprinkled apple slices and topping it with a dollop of Greek yogurt
  • Quench your thirst with water or unsweetened iced tea instead of sweetened beverages, like energy, soft and sport drinks

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics