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Cut Added Sugars and Calories at the Same Time
Sure, sugar tastes great, but foods and drinks with lots of added sugars lead to consuming more calories than needed and may result in weight gain. Soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks are the main source of added sugars, followed by grain-based desserts (like cakes and pies), fruit drinks, dairy-based desserts (like ice cream), candy, and ready-to-eat cereals.
Here are some tips on limiting added sugars while treating your sweet tooth:
- Enjoy fruit, a naturally sweet treat.
- Add to salads, salsas, sauces, toppings and more.
- Snack on fruit and enjoy as dessert instead of candy, cookies or pastries.
- Use fruit to sweeten oatmeal or cereal.
- Drink healthy drinks.
- Switch to water or low-fat or fat-free milk instead of sodas, energy drinks or sports drinks.
- Drink 100-percent fruit juice in moderation instead of sugary fruit drinks.
- Try carbonated beverages with no added sugars or add lemon, limes or cucumbers to water for additional taste.
- Compare foods.
- Read food labels of packaged foods and choose the ones with little or no added sugars.
For tips on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Healthy Weight section.
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