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Reduce Sugar in Favorite Recipes… and Here’s Your Very Own Sugar Survey!

May 9, 2017
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Barely a day goes by that we don’t read about results of some poll or survey. Rarely do the results affect you and your family specifically. However, there is one kind of survey that you can do yourself, that could help to improve your overall health. I call it the “Am I Eating Too Much Sugar?” survey.

No fancy mathematical calculations are involved. All it takes is: 1) making a list (on paper or mentally) of the foods you consume regularly, 2) reading food labels, and most importantly, 3) being truthful about your sugar-loving habits. I am not suggesting you tally up the specific amount of sugars in your favorite foods. Rather, this “survey” is simply meant to help you identify ways you can reduce sugar in your favorite foods. Don’t be reluctant to do this – I guarantee it will be eye-opening.

Are you ready?

Of course, it’s pretty obvious that certain foods are going to contain a significant amount of sugar:

  • Pies, cakes, cookies
  • Candy
  • Pancakes/waffles/maple syrup
  • Other desserts (e.g., pudding, sweet breads)
  • Ice cream/frozen desserts
  • Regular soft drinks/sugar-sweetened beverages
  • (Most) cold cereals/some hot cereals

However, it is critical to not forget that many other foods may, and probably do, contain sugar. Just a few worthy of mention:

  • Bread, rolls, almost anything with a crust
  • Salad dressings
  • Pasta sauces
  • BBQ Sauces/other condiments
  • Fancy coffee drinks
  • Chocolate/flavored milk
  • You fill in the blanks here!

For the sake of space, I cannot list all the foods that contain sugar. The list would be mind boggling. That’s why it is important to do a rough assessment of where sugar is found in the foods you and your family eat.

Knowledge is power. Know where sugar lies in wait.

That’s why I recommend you do your own “survey” – to know what foods contain sugar. This is the first step you’ll want to take to reduce your sugar consumption. The next step would be to determine the best way to replace sweetness that so many foods require to make them delicious.

Bloggers at SPLENDA LIVING™ have recently referenced the newest “2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” In doing so, we’ve pointed out that the recent Guidelines note that Americans on average are consuming approximately 270 calories, or 13 percent of calories, from added sugars per day. That’s a lot of sugar – roughly 17 teaspoons a day! To see where the Guidelines confirm that all this sugar is coming from, please check out this chart.

The Guidelines encourage us to limit our intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of our total calories per day as part of a healthy eating pattern. Since one teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to 4 grams of sugar. For someone consuming 2,000 calories per day that means the added sugars portion of their diet should not exceed 200 calories, which is equal to 12 ½ teaspoons of sugar (16 calories in a teaspoon of sugar), or 50 grams.

Reduce Sugar in Your Favorite Recipes

One of the best ways to reduce sugar in your favorite recipes is by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in cooking and baking.

Reduce Sugar with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products
There are a variety of recipes you can make with less sugar simply by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in place of full sugar. To make it easy-peasy, I’m providing links to featured recipes in a variety of food categories on Splenda.com:

Want to use SPLENDA® Sweeteners in your own tried-and-true recipes to reduce sugar? All it takes is a minute to review a few cooking and baking tips to assure your recipes will be a success.
 

I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog with Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.


Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.

May 9, 2017  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Cooking & Baking

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