Sunday, July 18, 2010

Don't Get the Sugar Blues

Paradise Greetings.

Most Americans are simply eating too much sugar. Sugar is one of the culprits in our national obesity crisis.

If you are ready make one change, start by reading food labels to look for sugar. The problem is there are many names for sugar. When a doctor tells a patient newly diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes to cut down on sugar, people take that advice litereally and cut back on foods that contain the granulated white stuff known as sugar.

Here's a few other names for sugar to "Be on the lookout" for:
High fructose corn syrup
Fructose (the sugar in fruit)
Fruit juice concentrates
Lactose (the sugar you find in milk)
Brown Sugar

Read of label of your children's favorite breakfast cereal and see how many different sugars there are. Then look at the label of Cheerios (not Honey Nut Cheerios) or Shredded Wheat (not Frosted Shredded Wheat).

Come on, America. It's time to learn how to eat healthier. And smarter.

Growing Healthy Kids - improving the health - and lives - of America's children.

To your perfect health,
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids