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Tis the Season for Sweets and Treats

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Revised sugar limits are now lower

Remember when we brought you the news about recommendations to limit added sugar to less than 10% of calories each day? Well, those guidelines have been revised and the bad news is you may have to pass on the double portion of chocolate cake.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended limiting added sugars to no more than 10% of calories, but upon review new recommendations now bring that down to 6%. A major reason investigators suggest this reduction is because of sugars’ relationship with cardiovascular disease risk. Remember: heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women and most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Most Americans are hovering around 13% calories from sugar which means that foods with added sugars are displacing foods like fruits and vegetable that are packed with nutrients we need for good health.

There is no doubt that mastering this change will be a challenge. It forces us to take a closer look at ingredients panels to identify sources of added sugars, reducing our recommended intake from 12 tsp sugar or less a day to the new target of 7.5 tsp or 120 calories. Start by checking the ingredients list for high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, molasses, raw sugar, honey, syrup, juice concentrate and anything ending in “ose” like sucrose.

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Published December 2020

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