Limit added sugars in your diet

Riverwood Dietitians Megan Perpich and Melissa Simons have shared these tips on how to limit sugar in your diet.

Many people consume more sugar than they realize. On average, adults consume 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Added sugar has zero nutritional value to our bodies. It adds extra calories that can lead to weight gain.

Where are added sugars found?

  • Sugar sweetened beverages, desserts, and sweet snacks.
  • Added sugar is also found in products like bread, cereal, fruited yogurt, sauces, and whole grain crackers.

How much added sugar can I have?

  • The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 6% of your calories per day.
  • Refer to the graphic here for daily added sugar limits.

How can I avoid added sugar?

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with a natural source of sugar like fruit, limit sugary drinks, and make recipes at home with less added sugar.
  • To determine if an item has added sugar, check the Nutrition Facts label. Refer to the “Added Sugars” category.