Most Americans consume more sugar than is healthy, but reducing sugar intake doesn’t mean giving up the pleasures of eating. Hidden sugars are present in many unexpected foods, and a history of industry influence has shifted the blame from sugar to fats. Fortunately, with awareness and simple changes to diet, it’s possible to significantly cut down on sugar consumption.
- Hidden sugars are pervasive, found not just in obvious sweets but in items like bread, chicken stock, salad dressings, and more, which can lead to overeating.
- The sugar industry historically shifted obesity blame towards fats, causing an increase in sugar consumption despite its link to diabetes and obesity.
- Health experts suggest focusing on reducing added sweeteners while not being overly concerned about naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and vegetables.
- Breakfast, often believed to be healthy, can be laden with sugars. Options like Cheerios, plain oatmeal, and certain breads are lower in sugar.
- Beverages, especially sodas, are significant sources of added sugar. Alternatives like seltzer or club soda can offer a satisfying replacement without the sugar content.