How much sugar are you drinking?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly recommend you limit foods and drinks that contain added sugars. Foods such as milk and fruits have naturally occurring sugars. The sugar in fruit is called fructose. The sugar in milk and yogurt is called lactose.

Added sugars are those that do not occur naturally in a food or drink but are added during processing or preparation. Added sugars add calories but little nutrition. They can cause weight gain and prevent you from eating more nutritious foods.

The American Heart Association recommends that children and teens have less than 6 teaspoons of added sugars a day and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week.

In an effort to limit the sugar you are drinking try these 5 ways to limit sugary drinks.

1. CHOOSE water, unsweetened herbal teas, and nonfat or 1% milk.

2. ADD more flavor to tap or bottled water, toss in a slice of lemon or lime.

3. TRY a naturally flavored sparkling mineral water. Check the label to make sure no sugar is added.

4. AVOID vitamin-fortified waters that contain added sugars.

5. ALWAYS read the label. Added sugars have many names: Corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and corn sweetener, honey, molasses, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, turbinado, brown, raw, or invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, sucrose, and maltose.

Learn more about added sugars at our online-clinic.