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2/23/10 6:01 P

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This is an old post Ithat I found. emoticon emoticon

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2/23/10 11:28 A

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Great information, thanks so much for helping me to get and maintain more health.

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2/23/10 9:42 A

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I don't know why they don't have a carb intake table on SP for those who would like to watch their carbs. I think it would be a good idea. They do have a team for those watching carbs I think. I am one who is watching carb intake too. I will be saving this. Thanks Shelly.

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2/23/10 8:11 A

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I'm saving this too...thanks, Shelly!

Gaye / Michigan


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2/23/10 6:32 A

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Great info. Yes this is a real eye opener. I knew I was probably eating more sugar hidden in foods than I am suppose, but I would have never guessed it was this much. Yikes!!!

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2/23/10 12:12 A

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This is a real eye opener!!! emoticon Who would a thought I was eating so much SUGAR everyday. As I try harder and harder to eat right I just keep learning more and more!

I wanted to track my sugar intake on my nutrition page here on Sparkpeople, so I looked it up on the internet. WOW what a surprise!!!

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2/23/10 12:07 A

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Ok, young lady....saving that one too. Goodness my file is growing! But that one WAS good. It is amazing how much sugar is in things we normally eat.

What I would like to see, is something telling how much sugar we consumed when I was a kid! 60 years ago, mom made ALOT of cake and cookies, JELLO with REAL sugar, there was NO sugar free back then. NO SKIM milk, I suspect we consumed even MORE then than today....would like to think that !

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"If you want to do something, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse."

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2/23/10 12:02 A

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How Much Should We Eat?

By Joy Bauer- Posted on Sat, Jun 24, 2006 Joy's Healthy Bite
by Joy Bauer a Yahoo! Health Expert for Nutrition

How much sugar should we eat? Probably less than you're currently eating. That's because it's hidden everywhere and adds up very quickly. Here's the scoop:

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 8 teaspoons per day of added sugar based on a 2,000 caloriesper day diet. That's 32 grams if you're reading labels, and about 6% of your total calories for the day. Sounds like a lot, but believe me... it's not.

32 total grams sugar for 5 / 4 grams per teaspoon = 8 teaspoons added sugar/day

Not all sugar is created equal. Here's the whole story on the good and the bad.

* GOOD Sugars

These are the sugars that you don't need to worry about. They occur naturally in foods and also supply key nutrients. It's all good!

■Low-fat milk (skim milk, soymilk, 1% low-fat milk)
■Fresh and frozen fruits (apple, blueberries, orange, pineapple, strawberries, banana, cantaloupe, etc.)
■Most Vegetables (carrots, tomato, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, cucumber, etc.)

BAD Sugars

These are the sugars that you'll need to limit!

The following foods are typically loaded with sugar - I've only provided a small sampling, but you'll get the picture.

teaspoons of sugar

(1 teaspoon = 4 grams sugar)

* Everyday Products

Fruit Loops, 1 cup 3.75 teaspoons of sugar

Low fat, fruit-flavored yogurt, 6 oz. 7 teaspoons of sugar

Ketchup, 2 TB 2 teaspoons sugar

Pancake syrup, 1⁄4 cup 8 teaspoons of sugar

Foods that sound healthy, but are loaded with sugar!

Granola, 2/3 cup 4 teaspoons of sugar

Dried Fruit, 1 cup 21 teaspoons of sugar

* Beverages

Orange Juice/Apple Juice, 8 oz. 5.5 teaspoons of sugar

Soda (Coke, Sprite, etc.), 20 oz. 16 teaspoons of sugar

Snapple, Lemon Iced Tea, 16 oz. 11.5 teaspoons of sugar

* snacks & deserts

Balance/Power Bar 4.75 teaspoons of sugar

Frozen Yogurt, 1 cup 8.5 teaspoons of sugar

Restaurant Chocolate Cake, 1 slice 13 teaspoons of sugar

McDonald's Vanilla Shake, 21 oz. 24 teaspoons of sugar

* Movie Theatre Combo

Twizzlers (movie size) 6 oz. 17 teaspoons+ of sugar

Soda movie Large, 44 oz. 37 teaspoons of sugar

TOTAL = 54 teaspoons!!!

How It's Done...
I realize it's overwhelming to hear what you have to avoid. But please take at look at this sample day, it's reasonable and incorporates an appropriate amount of sugar (less than 8 unnecessary teaspoons for the day).


■Egg white omelet with chopped tomatoes

■whole wheat toast

■½ grapefruit

■Coffee with 1 teaspoon sugar

Vegetable or lentil soup with mixed salad topped with grilled chicken strips and feta cheese (oil and vinegar dressing)


■Handful of almonds
■Baby carrots

■Turkey Burger on wheat bun

■2 TBs ketchup (2 teaspoons sugar)
■Sautéed Broccoli in olive oil and garlic
Sweet Snacks (choose only one):

■4 Hershey Kisses (3 teaspoons sugar)
■½ cup frozen yogurt = (4 teaspoons sugar) ■2 standard cookies (Oreos or Chips Ahoy) + glass of skim milk = (2 teaspoons sugar)

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