Eat Less Sugar

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

New dietary guidelines have been designed to help Americans choose and maintain a healthy diet. One suggestion from these guidelines is to eat less sugar. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on how to accomplish this in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans were created to help Americans make healthier food and beverage choices.

The guidelines recommend limiting intake of added sugars to 10 percent of total daily calories. If you take in more sugar than this, it becomes more difficult to get enough of the other nutrients you need without consuming too many calories.

Reducing the amount of added sugars in your diet can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Tips for limiting intake of added sugars include:

Drink water or no-calorie drinks instead of soda; sports drinks; flavored coffee, tea and dairy beverages; and sugar-sweetened juices.

Replace sweets and sugary snacks with healthier options, such as fruit.

Shop the perimeter of the store. The foods that are highest in added sugars are usually found on the interior aisles of the grocery store. If you build your daily diet around these foods, then you will automatically be eating a diet lower in added sugars.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.