You’ve heard the message to reduce sugar loud and clear from nutrition experts, including in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. And it’s sinking in. You’re trying to reduce the amount of added sugars you eat because you know that’s what is best for your health. At this point you’ve tackled the obvious – cut down on regularly sweetened soft drinks, ate fewer desserts, tried a few no added sugar recipes, and reached into the candy jar at work less often. I’ve assembled a cadre of life hacks here to help you further reduce the amount of added sugars you eat. But first, a few basics.
“Sugar” Really Means What?
When you hear the term “sugar,” you think of the white granular stuff you keep in a canister at home and see in packets when you eat out. That’s just one source of sugar in our diet. The Dietary Guidelines actually use the term “added sugars.” Added sugars are all sources of sugars (note the plural, sugars), that are added to foods by food manufacturers during processing and/or packaging. Some common names of added sugars are: dextrose, sucrose, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, corn sweeteners, honey, and molasses.
So your goal is really to reduce added sugars.