Tackle Your Sugar Cravings - Class Offered February 19

             For many years, a heart-healthy diet has been associated with limiting sodium and fat, but the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) now include limiting ADDED sugar as well.
            There is no conclusive evidence that a diet high in sugar affects blood cholesterol and triglycerides or blood pressure, however, many foods high in added sugar consist of  “empty calories”, which means these high calorie foods  don’t provide the vitamins and minerals our body needs to stay healthy, thus
foods high in sugar may play a role in weight gain, which does contribute to heart disease and diabetes.                    So, what does the AHA recommend? For most American women, added sugar should be limited to no more than 100 calories a day – that’s 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, no more than 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. These recommendations do not focus on any specific type of added sugar (like high fructose corn syrup or pure cane sugar) but rather on all added sugars, which does not include naturally occurring, such as that found in fruit or milk. 
         Looking at labels can help identify added sugars.   Sugar-sweetened beverages like regular soda or sweetened tea or coffee drinks are the most common source of added sugar in the American diet. A 12-oz. soda has about 9-10 tsp. of sugar. Obvious sources of sugar include cake, cookies, candy, and other sweet treats. However, sugar can also be found in condiments such as ketchup and foods such as peanut butter. 
       Learn how you can help tame your craving for sugar at the free "Just What the Dr. Ordered" program on Monday evening, February 19 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the hospital's Education Room.   Please enroll on the hospital website, or via email at GCMH_Info@unitypoint.org.