Could You Be Eating Too Much Sugar?

Diabetes AwarenessYou strive to eat a healthy diet—but how healthy is it, really? Chances are that you are eating more sugar than you should. The average person eats about 40 percent more sugar than is recommended.

While the biggest dietary sources of sugar are soft drinks, baked goods such as cookies and cake, candy, and ice cream, many foods contain hidden sugars that can contribute to your overall intake.

How Much Is Too Much?
How do you know whether you’re eating too much sugar? If you frequently eat sweet foods, like candy or cookies, or have recently put on weight, it’s possible you’re going overboard on sugar.

To reduce your intake, swap out sugar-laden drinks (think soda, juice, and energy drinks) for water, and make sure you limit sweets.

Finding Hidden Sugar
To reduce hidden sugars, check the labels on the foods you eat—sugar is added to many products, like yogurt, salad dressing, and even bread. Watch out for these ingredients:

  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose

For more information on healthy eating visit WCHN's Eating Well section.