Ditch your leftover Valentine’s Day candy
You might want to pump the brakes before running to the store to grab that half-priced box of Valentine’s Day candy. Doctors are telling us that eating too much sugar is one of the worst things we can do for our health.
Eating too much sugar can lead to:
· High blood pressure
· Heart disease
The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily added sugar intake.
· For men: 9 teaspoons (36 grams) of sugar per day
· For women and children: 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar per day
Try these tips to limit your sugar intake:
· Avoid soda, fruit juice and sports drinks
· Try fruit-infused water or seltzer topped-off with a splash of 100% juice
· Always read the Nutrition Facts and look for “sugar” or “syrup” in the ingredients
· Limit candy, baked goods and packaged sweets
· Try fruit or plain Greek yogurt with a dash of honey for a sweet-tooth fix
We know you can’t always pass up the cookie. When you do indulge in dessert, try eating just half of a regular portion. Read the nutrition label to find the serving size.
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