M.Ed., RD, LDN, CLC
Andie is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Lactation Consultant, and Certified Personal Trainer who thinks of nutrition counseling as equal parts science and sensitivity. She specializes in lactation, sports nutrition, exercise fitness, and weight loss programs.
Added sugar is everywhere, from the more obvious (desserts, cookies, and sodas) to even healthier sounding foods like flavored yogurts, crackers, protein/granola bars, bread, and many prepared foods. Too much added sugar can increase your caloric intake without providing additional nutrients.
It is not necessary to eliminate all sugar from the diet
but we can benefit from focusing on choosing foods with naturally occurring
sugar instead of foods with added sugar. Added sugars are those added to foods
during food manufacturing and preparation, and can be highly processed, or more
natural, and go by many names (maltose, brown rice syrup, high fructose corn
syrup, evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup – just to name a few). They are typically low in fiber
and other nutrients which is why highly processed, very sweet foods can spike
your blood sugar and don’t create a feeling of fullness.
occurring sugars include those found in whole foods; the fructose in fruit, the
lactose in milk, and the glucose in foods like potatoes. Not only are these
foods naturally sweet, they are also typically high in fiber and many other
healthy nutrients, making their inherent sugars a small part of their nutrient
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