Eye on Health: Sugar obsession
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- We're a society of sugar addicts.
But with millions of people battling obesity, nutrition experts agree many of us are definitely getting too much of a sweet thing.
"This is the amount of added sugar we get in a typical week. It's three times what's considered safe as an upper level. And it's mostly coming from sweetened beverages,"says Rebecca Scritchfield, registered dietitian.
Scritchfield says drinking just one sweetened tea or energy drink is the equivalent to a double shot of straight sugar. That's the amount most people should have over two days.
"So there are even sugars in foods that you think are good for us," says Scritchfield.
The trick here is to read the ingredient list, look for the added sugars and try to avoid them. Not just white sugar but honey, molasses, and high fructose corn syrup.
"There are dozens of sugars that the food industry uses and whether it's refined white sugar, brown sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, they're pretty much nutritionally all the same," says Scritchfield.
Scritchfield says you should limit your intake of added sugar to just two tablespoons a day, or 25 to 30 grams. And that can be tough considering a small pudding has the same amount of sugar as an entire container of cocoa covered almonds.
"If you keep making granola bars, and puddings and candies and soda part of your regular eating plan, just one and you're over your day's limit," says Scritchfield.
The best way to keep your sugar intake low is sticking to fruits and dried fruits. These are sweet treats that will satisfy a sweet tooth but also contain vitamins and minerals.