How important is it to limit your intake of sugars and carbohydrates, and what is the difference between a good or bad sugar? These were questions posed to dietitian and columnist Ellie Krieger during her recent online chat. Here are a few highlights about sugar to consider, adapted from that discussion:
● Women should aim for a maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.
● Men should limit themselves to 9 teaspoons of sugar a day. There is about 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small (two-inch) cookie, and about 10 teaspoons in a 12-ounce soda.
● Avoid pre-sweetened foods such as flavored yogurts or bars if you want to have a small dessert.
● Avoid refined sugar and stick to less-refined sweeteners with more minerals and antioxidants, such as honey, maple syrup and molasses.
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● Good or bad, all types of sugars should be eaten sparingly.
● You don't need to cut dessert out entirely but should strive for a happy medium. "There is no need to go to extremes," Krieger said. "You should be able to have dessert here and there!"
Have a question for Krieger? Her next chat is Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. Submit your questions now and join us live.
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